Ford is recalling about 38,000 Mustang cars due to concerns about the brake pedal bracket assembly, which could break and prevent the brakes from working properly. According to Consumer reports, this recall affects 2020 models that have an automatic transmission. The concern with these vehicles is that under hard braking, the brake pedal bracket may fracture and not work as it is supposed to, increasing the risk of a car accident.
Details of the Recall
The brake pedal bracket may fracture especially during a sudden stop, risking a reduction or lack of braking ability. Ford has said it is not aware of any accidents or injuries relating to this defect, documentation filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) states. The problem has been traced to a specific period in which a bracket was made of polypropylene instead of nylon.
The automaker has notified dealerships and will mail out recall letters to owners in November. Vehicle owners will be directed to bring their Mustang to a Ford or Lincoln dealership to have the brake pedal bracket assembly replaced at no charge. The vehicles that are involved in the recall were manufactured between March 4, 2019, and August 13, 2020. When the recall begins in November, dealerships will replace the brake pedal bracket assembly at no charge to consumers. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. To find out if your vehicle is part of this recall, you can also check on NHTSA’s website by plugging in your car’s 17-digit vehicle identification number or VIN.
The Danger of Brake Defects
Brake defects or failures can result in serious car accidents that have the potential to cause major injuries or even fatalities. A brake failure might render a vehicle out of control or limit the driver’s ability to stop in time to avoid an accident. Manufacturers of vehicles are required to adequately check the brake system for their vehicles to ensure that the brakes are functioning correctly and properly.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident as the result of a brake defect, you may be able to seek compensation by filing an auto product liability lawsuit against the automaker. Injured victims can seek compensation for damages such as medical expenses, lost income, hospitalization, cost of rehabilitation, pain and suffering and emotional distress. An experienced auto defect lawyer will be able to advise victims and their families regarding their legal rights and options.