In February 2021, Ford issued a recall for over 150,000 vehicles due to a brake fluid leak issue that could potentially lead to a loss of braking ability. The affected vehicles include certain 2013-2017 Ford Explorer SUVs, 2015-2017 Ford Taurus sedans, and 2016-2017 Ford Flex SUVs, among others. The affected vehicles were built at various Ford assembly plants between 2012 and 2017. The recall was prompted by an investigation launched by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in 2019, following complaints from consumers about brake fluid leaks in certain Ford vehicles. In addition to the Explorer, Taurus, and Flex, other affected models include the Lincoln MKT and Police Interceptor Utility vehicles.
Owners of affected vehicles are advised to avoid driving them until they can be inspected. Ford dealerships are replacing the rear brake hoses and checking the brake fluid levels and front brake hoses for any signs of damage. If the front brake hoses are damaged, they will also be replaced. According to Ford, the problem stems from a faulty rear brake hose that could rupture and cause brake fluid to leak. If the brake fluid leaks out, the braking system may fail, which could lead to an increased risk of a crash.
It is important for affected vehicle owners to take action promptly to ensure their safety and prevent any potential accidents or injuries related to this issue. If you have been affected by this defect, call us today for a free consultation.