US: 271k Ford F-150 trucks recalled over brakes failure image

Ford is recalling some of its F-150 pickups in North America to replace their brake master cylinders, following customers’ reports over front braking failures.

The automaker said that nine drivers reported loosing stopping power that led to accidents without any injuries, while it was also aware of one alleged injury not associated with an accident. Following an investigation on the matter, Ford has discovered some potential leaking issues from the brake master cylinder that, evidently, could lead to loosing brake efficiency and increasing the risk of a crash. The company said the fluid was leaking only from the front brakes, with no problems for the rear ones.

Affected vehicles include certain 2013-2014 Ford F-150 pickup trucks powered by the 3.5-liter GTDI engines built at Dearborn Truck Plant, August 1, 2013 through August 22, 2014; and Kansas City Assembly Plant, August 1, 2013 through August 31, 2014. There are 270,873 units targeted by this safety campaign, including 225,012 in the United States, 43,682 in Canada and 402 in Mexico. Dealers will replace the brake master cylinder and the brake booster as well, but only if they find leaks from the brake master cylinder.

Ford also issued a safety compliance recall for only five 2016 Lincoln MKX luxury crossovers built at Oakville Assembly on September 24-25, 2015, to replace seatback trim cover for second-row seats, as this was intended for the Chinese market and, as a result, the center tether anchor is covered by the trim cover.