Ford Motor Company has recently issued a recall that affects the Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX SUV models. The recall concerns faulty brake lines that may be more prone to leaking fluid and contribute to an increased risk of a crash. While Ford has stated that it is not aware of any injuries or accidents related to this issue, the recall is intended to replace these brake lines to keep consumers safe.
Understanding the Issue
According to a statement from Ford that was issued on August 12, 2020, Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX SUVs may have brake jounce hoses on the front brakes that could rupture. Should such a rupture occur, brake fluid will likely leak and deplete the brake fluid level, eventually triggering the brake fluid warning indicator light to illuminate. Consumers may then experience braking problems, such as an increase in brake pedal travel in conjunction with a lower rate of deceleration—both of which could increase the risk of crashing.
The Scope of the Problem
So far, it’s estimated that this recall impacts as many as 488,594 vehicles. Consumers who own or lease a 2015-2018 Ford Edge vehicle that was built at the Oakville Assembly Plant between June 25, 2014 and December 21, 2017 or a 2016-2018 Lincoln MKX SUV that was built at the same plant between November 11, 2014 and December 21, 2017 are affected by the recall.
Ford intends to notify affected consumers during the week of September 14, 2020. When the replacement parts become available, consumers can take their vehicles into the dealership to receive new front brake jounce hoses that are made from a revised braided material at no cost.
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