Ford Recalls 500,000 Crossover SUVs Due to Braking Problems

Ford Motors is recalling more than 500,000 Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX vehicles, due to problems where the brake fluid hose may leak, leading to braking problems and a potential increased risk of accidents.

The Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX recall was announced in a press release this week, because the front brake hoses may be prone to rupturing, causing a brake fluid leak. This may cause drivers to experience an increase in the amount of pressure that needs to be applied to the brake pedal, and a reduction in rate of deceleration. However, no injuries or crashes have been reported in connection to the brake leak problem.

According to the manufacturer, the front brake jounce hoses running from fixed points on the chassis to the individual front brake calibers may be defective and prone to fluid leaks, which may be gradual over time.

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Owners are being urged to check for the brake fluid warning indicator illuminating on the dashboard cluster, as this is an indication the brake fluid reservoir has depleted to a potentially hazardous level.

The recall includes model year 2015 through 2018 Ford Edge vehicles built at the Oakville Assembly Plant from June 25, 2014 to December 21, 2017, and model year 2016 through 2018 Lincoln MKX vehicles built at the same facility from November 11, 2014 through December 21, 2017.

According to Ford, approximately 488,594 affected vehicles were sold throughout the U.S. and federalized territories while another 62,876 were sold in Canada and 7,140 in Mexico.

Ford will begin notifying customers of the recall and will provide instructions on how to schedule a free repair appointment at their local dealer, who will be instructed to replace the front brake jounce hoses with new hoses made of a revised braid material.

Customers with additional questions or concerns regarding the recall are encouraged to contact Ford Motor Company customer service at (800) 392-3673 and reference the recall number 20S42.

Ford also issued two smaller recalls this week impacting 431 model year 2020 F-150 trucks that may catch on fire during the starting cycle due to an improper connection at the battery, and another recall of nearly 3,000  model year 2020 Lincoln Corsair vehicles that may be prone to coil spring fractures.

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