Ford recently announced a recall of over 200,000 vehicles. The issue involves faulty brake lights, which can stay on even when the brake pedal is not depressed, posing a safety risk. Affected vehicles include the Ford Mustang, Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ. Below are the affected model years and what owners should do if their vehicle is part of the recall.
Ford brake lights won’t turn off
Faulty brake lights pose a safety risk because they could trick other drivers into thinking the vehicle is stopping, and confusion could lead to collisions. Affected cars with automatic transmissions can also drive out of park without the driver putting their foot on the brake, which could also cause an accident.
At the heart of the problem are humidity and high temperatures, which cause rubber parts to disintegrate. Without the rubber brake pedal bumper, the brake lights could stay on. And a missing clutch pedal bumper causes the clutch problem in automatic transmissions, ABC News reports.
Ford Mustang, Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ Models Affected
The recall affects certain 2014 and 2015 Lincoln MKZ, 2014 and 2015 Ford Fusion and 2015 Ford Mustang models. According to US News, all vehicles were registered or sold in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi , North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas or Virginia.
Dealers will replace the brake pedal bumpers and clutch pedal bumpers on the recalled vehicles at no cost to owners. But drivers should take their car to an authorized Ford dealership for repairs so that authorized technicians can perform the repair.
Find out if your Ford vehicle is part of the recall
The recall will officially begin on March 3, 2022 and if you own one of the 200,000 vehicles affected, Ford will notify you by mail. If you receive a recall notification letter from the automaker, contact your local Ford dealership to schedule an appointment. You can also ask service advisors any questions regarding the recall.
Even if you don’t receive a letter, you can find out if your vehicle is involved in the recall by entering your car’s VIN on NHTSA’s “Safety Issues and Recalls” page. You can also check the Ford recalls page.
Other Recent Ford Recalls
This is far from the first time that the manufacturer has recalled a large number of models. In December 2021, Ford recalled 115,000 vehicles for brake issues. Certain 2021 and 2022 Ford Bronco and Ford Escape models had defective brake linings. The brakes forced drivers to apply more force in certain situations, leading to greater stopping distance and, therefore, increasing the risk of a crash.
Another massive recall took place in October 2021, involving over a million vehicles. Hundreds of thousands of models have had problems with their backup cameras. They included the 2020 Ford F-150 and Super Duty, Expedition, Explorer, Escape, Edge, Ranger, Mustang and Transit trucks. On Lincoln’s side were the 2020 MKX, Corsair and Nautilus.
Other recalls last year involved 360-degree cameras that went blank on the 2020 and 2021 Lincoln Aviator, Corsair and Ford Explorer. Additionally, the automaker recalled 40,000 2020 Mustangs due to fractures in the camera mount the brake pedal. Also, the F-250 and F-350 Super Duty trucks had bad welds on the front axle. And there were recalls on 26,000 Ford Explorer SUVs from 2011 to 2013 for suspension issues.
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