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Ford Recalling Over 605,000 Trucks

May 14, 2008

WASHINGTON, D.C. --- Ford Motor Co. is recalling more than 605,000 2005 and 2006 F-150 pickups as well as Lincoln Mark LT trucks because of a brake hose problem that could cause the vehicles to lose braking power, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported.

The recall covers Ford trucks equipped with 5.4-liter, 3-valve engines. Because of the defect, the brake booster vacuum supply hose attached to the intake manifold fitting may swell over time and lose retention force. This could allow the hose to become detached from the fitting during an intake manifold backfire. If the hose detaches from the intake manifold, several brake applications with power assist will be available before the vacuum reserve is depleted. But once the brake booster vacuum reserve is depleted, the driver will need to apply more force to the pedal. This reduction in braking power could increase the risk of a collision.

Ford spokesman Wes Sherwood told Reuters that Ford has received reports of 11 minor accidents but no injuries because of the brake hose defect.

Ford said customers in the United States and Canada affected by the recall could have brake hoses replaced at Ford dealerships starting in late June.

For more information, call (800) 392-3673.

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