- ford is recalling 292,311 ford f-150 pickups in the u.s. from the 2014 through 2017 model years.
- the problem is a potential leak in the brake master cylinder that could lead to reduced brake function in the front wheels.
- the problem affects f-150s with the 3.5-liter ecoboost engine.
ford announced today that it is recalling 292,311 ford f-150 pickups over a possible brake master cylinder fluid leak. in affected vehicles, brake fluid could leak from the brake master cylinder's front-wheel circuit into the brake booster, ford said in a statement. the recall also includes about 50,000 additional f-150 pickups in canada and mexico.
ford said there have been seven reported "low-speed/low-impact" accidents and two injuries so far as a result of the problem.
if there is brake fluid leakage, the driver could hear an audible chime, get a message center alert, or see a brake warning on the instrument panel. even if brake function is reduced in the front wheels, the rear wheels won't lose their braking ability, ford said. however, this could extend the truck's stopping distance and lead to a crash.
the recall includes 2015 through 2017 f-150 pickups built in dearborn, michigan, between october 1, 2014, and august 1, 2016; and 2014 through 2017 models built in kansas city from september 1, 2014, to august 1, 2016.
ford dealers will replace the affected vehicles' brake master cylinder and potentially also the brake booster, if needed. no start date was given for the recalls, but owners of f-150 pickups can check the nhtsa recalls website for further details.