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Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ sedans will need their front brake hoses replaced, which dealerships will do free of charge
Ford is recalling more than 1.2 million Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ sedans from the 2013 through 2018 model years because their front brake hoses could rupture and leak brake fluid, which could increase the risk of a crash.
The problem is due to a design flaw. If a leak occurs, the brake fluid warning light may illuminate on the instrument cluster behind the steering wheel. Drivers may also notice changes in how the brake pedal feels when it’s pushed down and that it takes longer to stop the vehicle.
Ford and Lincoln dealers will replace the faulty brake hoses free of charge once parts become available. In 2020 the automaker recalled some Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX SUVs for a similar problem.
In documents provided to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Ford says it’s aware of one crash but no injuries related to this recall.
Learn more about car recalls at CR’s guide to recalls.
Vehicles recalled: Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ sedans manufactured between Feb. 3, 2012, and July 19, 2017.
The problem: Due to inadequate testing during the design process, the front brake hoses installed on these vehicles may begin to leak due to normal steering and suspension travel. If this happens, it may become more difficult to stop the vehicle, which could cause a crash.
The fix: Ford and Lincoln dealerships will replace the faulty brake hoses free of charge as soon as parts are available.
How to contact the manufacturer: Owners may call Ford at 866-436-7332. Ford and Lincoln will contact owners of recalled vehicles by mail starting April 17, 2023, and will mail a second letter as soon as parts are available.
NHTSA campaign number: 23V162. Ford’s own number for this recall is 23S12.
Check to see whether your vehicle has an open recall: NHTSA’s website will tell you whether your vehicle has any open recalls that need to be addressed.
If you plug your car’s 17-digit vehicle identification number (VIN) into NHTSA’s website and a recall doesn’t appear, it means your vehicle doesn’t currently have one. Because automakers issue recalls often, and for many older vehicles, we recommend checking back regularly.
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Keith Barry has been an auto reporter at Consumer Reports since 2018. He focuses on safety, technology, and the environmental impact of cars. Previously, he led home and appliance coverage at Reviewed; reported on cars for USA Today, Wired, and Car & Driver; and wrote for other publications as well. Keith earned a master’s degree in public health from Tufts University. Follow him on Twitter @itskeithbarry.
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