Ford Motor Co. issued a massive recall of around 271,000 previous-generation F-150s after an investigation that lasted three months. Federal safety regulators received many complaints about nine crashes and front brake failures.
According to Ford, the problem came from a fluid leaking from the master brake cylinder into the brake booster, which resulted in a weaker braking capacity. Moreover, some customers declared that they could not stop the car not even when they pressed the brake pedal to the floor.
If the cars show any signs of a leak, the master cylinder will be replaced by dealers. Ford announced that the nine crashes might be related to the problem. Fortunately, there were no casualties. It was established that one driver was injured while trying to brake, but that situation did not lead to crash.
The recalled vehicles have a 3.5 liter EcoBoost engine, and there are 43,682 cars in Canada, and 225,012 in U.S. An investigation was started by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration after 33 complaints of brake failure were reported in February.
In addition to this, there were another 74 complaints about brakes regarding the 2013 and 2014 F-150 model until now. Many customers said that they could not stop their vehicles or the brake pedal just didn’t work.
Others stated that they decided to use the car only when they had to because they could not afford to get rid of it. Furthermore, even if the brake lights worked in some cases, the car did not slow down at all.
There were four recalls for the 2014 version until now, but this is the first one for the 2013 F-150 model. Plus, another five 2016 Lincoln MKX crossovers were recalled in the U.S. because one of the second-row seats was blocking the access to the tether anchor of the child seat.
Hopefully, in the future, Ford will be more careful before bringing their models on the market. Fortunately, there were no casualties this time, but if Ford wants people to trust their products, then the safety of the customer must be efficiently assured.