Ford is recalling nearly 292,311 units of its F-150 pickup trucks in the United States from the 2014 to 2017 model years upon discovery of a brake fluid leak in the vehicles. Another 50,000 units are also being recalled in Canada and Mexico.
In a statement released by Ford, the company said vehicles affected by the problem could reportedly have their brake fluid leak from the front wheels of the brake master cylinder into the brake booster. This could reduce the brake function of the wheels and increases the risk of accidents.
So far, the automaker has confirmed seven accidents and two injuries related to the problem. The Blue Oval, however, clarified that these are “low-speed/low-impact” accidents and that only the F-150 trucks equipped with the 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine are affected.
Drivers will notice an audible chime from the vehicle if there is a brake fluid leakage. They will also be alerted by the message center or see the brake warning flash on the instrument panel. Despite the front wheels having reduced function, the rear wheels will experience no problem with braking ability. However, the potential increase in the stopping distance of the vehicle may also lead to a crash.
The F-150 pickup trucks that are part of the recall were built in Dearborn, Michigan between October 1, 2014 and August 1, 2016. There are also some that were built in Kansas City between September 1, 2014 and August 1, 2016.
To fix the problem. Ford is advising customers to bring their trucks to a dealer where the brake master cylinder and brake boost will be replaced, if necessary. The company has not released a specific date for the beginning of the recall, but further information will be posted on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s website once available.