Ford recently announced several recalls to its vehicles.
The automaker is recalling an estimated 195,864 2016-2017 Ford Expedition, Lincoln Navigator, and 2016-2018 F-150 vehicles equipped with 3.5L Ecoboost engines for a brake issue. Specifically, the brake master cylinder may allow brake fluid to leak from the front wheel circuit into the brake booster.
This scenario is hazardous as a loss of brake fluid may result in a change in brake pedal travel, increased pedal effort and reduced front brake function, requiring greater effort and distance to stop the vehicle. Any of these conditions can increase the likelihood of a collision.
To fix the problem, dealers will replace the brake master cylinder. If the master cylinder is leaking, the brake booster will also be replaced. Repairs will be performed at no cost to owners.
Owner notification letters will be mailed April 25. This recall is an expansion of NHTSA recall number 20V-332. Owners can reach Ford customer service at (866) 436-7332. Ford's reference number for this recall is 22S11.
Ford also issued two separate safety recalls impacting a total of over 737,000 vehicles — many of which are utilized by commercial fleets.
Ford is recalling an estimated 391,836 2021-2022 F-150, 2022 Maverick, Expedition, Lincoln Navigator, F-250, F-350, F-450, and F-550 vehicles for a trailer brake issue. Specifically, due to a software error, a towed trailer equipped with an electric or electric-over hydraulic brake system may not brake.
This scenario is hazardous as loss of trailer brake functionality could result in extended stopping distance, increasing the likelihood of a crash.
To fix the problem, dealers will update the integrated trailer brake control module software, at no cost to owners. Owner notification letters will be mailed April 18. Ford's reference number for this recall is 22S17.
In another action, Ford is recalling approximately 345,451 2020-2022 Escape and 2021-2022 Bronco Sport vehicles equipped with 1.5L engines because the engine oil separator housing may crack and develop an oil leak.
This situation creates a dangerous environment as an oil leak in the presence of an ignition source — such as a hot engine or exhaust components — can increase the risk of a fire.
To remedy the matter, dealers will inspect the oil separator for damage or oil leaks, and replace the oil separator and seals, as necessary, free of charge. Owner notification letters will be mailed April 18. Ford's reference number for this recall is 22S21.
Over 50 million vehicles in the United States have unrepaired safety recalls. These defects can pose serious danger to your drivers and other road users. As a fleet operator, it is critically important to stay abreast of the latest recalls.