The Ford Motor Company recently announced three new recalls affecting hundreds of thousands of vehicles. If you own one of them, it’s important to take it into your local dealer for repairs.
Mustangs May Falter During Hard Braking
The affected vehicles are all 2020 Ford Mustangs with 10-speed automatic transmissions built between March 2019 and August 2020. There is a potential problem with the brake-pedal bracket assembly that could cause it to fracture during hard braking, increasing the risk of a crash.
According to the manufacturer, these Mustangs received polypropylene brackets instead of the nylon brackets that were installed in other vehicles. The faulty bracket was made by Canada’s KSR International, and the problem stems from that company’s decision to replace nylon with polypropylene in the manufacturing process.
Ford started looking into the problem in August 2019, when it first heard of possible bracket failures. So far, no accidents or injuries have been reported as a result of the problem, but there have been six incidences of breakage during sudden braking.
Ford will begin notifying owners on November 15, 2020, and will reportedly replace the problem bracket free of charge. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332 and refer to Ford’s recall number of 20S52.
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236, or go to www.safercar.gov.
Ford Recalls Over 600,000 Vehicles Because of Rearview Camera Malfunctions
Ford also recently recalled more than 700,000 new 2020 vehicles in North America, including over 620,000 in the U.S., because there isn’t enough conductivity in the rearview camera circuit board. This could cause the camera screen to appear blank or to show a distorted image. Ford has received no reports of accidents or injuries as a result of this problem.
Affected vehicles were built from late 2019 to mid-2020 and include:
- Escape, Explorer, and Expedition SUVs
- F-150, Ranger, and Super Duty pickups
- Lincoln Corsair
Ford will begin notifying owners on November 7, 2020, and local dealers will replace the rear view camera.
Ford Recalls About 10,000 F-Series Super Duty Vehicles
In a third recall, Ford is alerting consumers to a problem with nearly 10,000 newer F-250 and F-350 Super Duty vehicles. These are equipped with front axles that may contain a wheel and yoke that was not properly welded to the axle tube end. This could cause steering effects impacting vehicle control, such as the vehicle pulling to the right or left or suffering changes in steering sensitivity that could increase the risk of a crash. The company is reportedly not aware of any accidents or injuries related to this issue.
The affected vehicles were built at the Kentucky Truck Plant between August 24 and October 16, 2019. If the weld is found not to be accurately located, dealers should replace the axle assembly.
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