— Ford is recalling close to 271,000 F-150 trucks to fix brake problems that have allegedly caused nine accidents. The F-150 recall follows a March federal investigation into brake failures on the trucks.
The automaker says the 2013-2014 Ford F-150 trucks need the master cylinders replaced because brake fluid could leak into the brake boosters. This will cause a loss of braking, but Ford says the brake fluid leak affects only the front wheels and rear braking isn't affected.
As for the nine accidents, Ford says no injuries have been reported from the accidents but there is a report of an alleged injury "involving interaction with the vehicle’s brakes."
All the trucks are equipped with 3.5-liter GTDI engines and built in Michigan between August 1, 2013, through August 22, 2014, and in Kansas City from August 1, 2013, through August 31, 2014.
According to data from Ford, about 225,012 recalled F-150 trucks are in the U.S., 43,682 are in Canada and 402 in Mexico.
The Ford F-150 recall is expected to begin on July 11, 2016. Ford says its dealers will replace the brake master cylinders on all the trucks. In addition, Ford will replace the brake booster if the master cylinder is leaking brake fluid.
Owners may contact Ford customer service at 866-436-7332 and use recall number 16S24.
2016 Lincoln MKX Recall
A separate recall involves only five model year 2016 Lincoln MKX crossover SUVs that need the seatback trim covers replaced. Ford is calling it a "safety compliance recall" ordered because the seatback trim cover for the left-side second-row seat was made for the China market, not the U.S.
Unlike the Ford F-150 recall, the automaker says no accidents or injuries are related to the problem.
The five SUVs were built September 24-25, 2015, and all are located in the U.S.
Ford dealers will inspect and replace the seatback trim cover for the left-side second-row seat and install a tether cover bezel when the recall begins.
The MKX recall is expected to begin on June 13, 2016. Owners may contact Ford at 866-436-7332 and ask about recall number 16C09.
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