The latest major recall to affect Ford and its luxury arm Lincoln involves an issue that may impact the braking performance of the brands’ two erstwhile mid-size sedans, the Fusion and MKZ.
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Affected vehicles include over 1.2 million model-year 2013-18 Ford Fusions and Lincoln MKZs. The issue stems from a ruptured front brake hose that may leak brake fluid, causing an increase in pedal travel and a reduced rate of deceleration. Drivers may notice a change in brake pedal feel, and a brake fluid warning indicator light may be illuminated. Reduced brake performance increases the risk of a crash.
To fix the problem, dealers will replace the brake hoses, as necessary, for free. Ford will notify owners April 17, with additional letters to follow once parts are available. Those with further questions in the meantime can call the automaker at 866-436-7332 (Ford’s number for this recall is 23S12), the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236, or visit its website to check your vehicle identification number and learn more.
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