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Ford Fusion Brake Pedal Malfunction Leads to 15 Crashes, 600K Cars Recalled

It’s been a troubled year for American carmaker Ford as far as the quality of its products is concerned. We may be wrong, but the Blue Oval seems to be the absolute champion of recalls in 2019 for problems that affect both older and brand new models in equal measure.
2005 Ford Fusion 1 photo
Last week, Ford announced it is recalling over half a million pickups due to a problem with the sparks produced by the front seat belt pretensioner during a crash, which can ignite the carpet flooring and set the entire vehicle ablaze. Now, as we believed the carmaker is in the clear for the remainder of the year at least, another, even bigger recall was announced.

The recall concerns Ford Fusion, Mercury Milan and Lincoln MKZ vehicles produced from 2006 to 2010. In this case, the problem is at least equally as serious as that in the pickups, if not more so.

More specifically, a valve fitted inside the hydraulic control unit of the braking system may get stuck in an open position. This condition causes the brake pedal travel to become extended, increasing the risk of the crash.

Ford says it is aware of incidents relating to this condition, and quite a number of them. In all, 15 crashes are attributed to this, and two injuries may have been caused by this fault.

There are a total of 600,166 vehicles in the U.S. and federal territories affected by the problem, and all are being recalled for inspection and fixing.

The procedure requires for the hydraulic control unit to be checked and, if need be, replaced. Also, the system will be subjected to DOT 4 brake fluid pressure flush, and the DOT 3 reservoir cap will be replaced with a new DOT 4 cap.

You can find all the details on this latest Ford recall in the press release section below.

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