Ford has announced that it will issue a vehicle defect recall for 488,594 Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX SUVs due to concerns that the brake lines could leak fluid and subsequently increase the risk of a crash. According to Consumer Reports, as the brake fluid level decreases, the driver may experience greater brake pedal travel and reduced brake performance.
Details of the Recall
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the flexible front brake jounce hoses can rupture allowing the brake fluid to leak out. Since hydraulic brake systems depend on fluid pressure to operate, this could lead to an unsafe decrease in stopping ability. The automaker is advising that if the brake fluid reservoir is depleted below a certain level, the brake fluid warning indicator light will illuminate.
Ford has said it is not aware of any accidents or injuries related to this condition. The automaker is set to begin notifying consumers about this recall the week of Sept. 14. The recall includes 2015-2018 Ford Edge vehicles built at Oakville Assembly Plant from June 25, 2014, to Dec. 21, 2017 as well as 2016-18 Lincoln MKX vehicles built at the same plant from Nov. 11, 2014 to Dec. 21, 2017. When the recall begins next month, Ford dealers will replace the front brake jounce hoses with new hoses made with a revised braided material free of charge. Customers with questions are urged to call Ford at 866-436-7332.
Issues with Brake Fluid
Brake fluid is a type of hydraulic fluid used in hydraulic brake and hydraulic clutch applications in automobiles. It is used to transfer force into pressure, and to amplify braking force. The most common way to know if you need more brake fluid is if your ABS light turns on. This light will typically illuminate if you need to replace or add more fluid in your car. If you are having a harder time than usual pushing down on your brake pedal, that’s another indication that you need to add more fluid. When you have low brake fluid, it can also affect your brake pads, which are essential to your car’s braking system.
It is critical for your safety and the safety of your passengers that the brakes in your vehicle properly. How your vehicle’s brakes work could also affect how promptly you are able to stop your car to avoid collisions with other vehicles, pedestrians, bicyclists, motorcyclists, etc.
If you or a loved one has been injured as the result of an auto defect or a defective part, you may be able to seek compensation for your injuries and damages by filing an auto product liability lawsuit. An experienced auto defect lawyer will be able to advise you regarding your legal rights and options.