Ford Recalls 1.5 Million Vehicles in the US Over Brake Hose and Wiper Arm Defects
Ford is recalling more than 1.5 million vehicles in the U.S. in two separate actions to fix leaky brake hoses and windshield wiper arms that can break. Approximately 1.28 million vehicles have been recalled by Ford, and it is estimated that 2% of them have a brake hose issue. The report indicates an occurrence of one crash but does not mention any injuries associated with it.
The United States government has mandated that Ford recalls 1,280,726 vehicles due to an issue with the brake jounce hose which has a design defect causing it to fail earlier than expected. Certain 2013-2018 Ford Fusions and Lincoln MKZs will be a part of the campaign. Ford is also recalling about 220,000 F-150 pickups due to faulty windshield wiper arms.
Letters will be sent out to customers who are affected by this starting April 17, with the mailing expected to be finished by April 28. Car owners must take their vehicle to either a Ford or Lincoln dealership to have the hoses replaced. The office has stated that the replacement will be provided at no cost.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, certain Ford Fusions and Lincoln MKZs sold between 2013 and 2018 may experience a rupture in their front brake hoses, which could result in brake fluid leaking. Owners of Ford or Lincoln vehicles should take their car to a dealer in order to have the defective hoses replaced at no cost.
220,000 2021 F-150 pickup trucks are being recalled by Ford due to defective windshield wiper arms. In vehicles that are affected, the arms of the windshield wipers may break, leading to the wipers not functioning. A lack of functioning windshield wipers can decrease visibility in certain weather conditions, thus increasing the likelihood of a collision. Ford has reported that there was one incident of a crash in which no injuries were sustained as a result.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the hose which supplies brake fluid to the front brakes of the affected vehicles is prone to rupture over time, resulting in a gradual brake fluid leak. The rubber hoses mentioned transport fluid from the brake line to the brake caliper. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has warned that the brake lines in certain vehicles could rupture prematurely, resulting in progressive brake fluid leakage.
Should the part rupture, it will lead to a brake fluid leak that may become worse with time. The result of this would be a decline in brake capabilities, leading to a heightened danger of an accident.
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