Another major recall of Ford models due to brake problems

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We got a review A.600 166A. cars Ford Fusion, Mercury Milan and Lincoln Zephyr / MKZ, produced at the plant in the Mexican city of Hermosillo from February 22, 2006 to July 15, 2009 and sold in the United States. The American National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) from the end of 2016 began to collect complaints about the sudden increase in stopping distance for the above vehicles. Consumers reported that after the ABS triggered, the brake pedal changed position, which is why in some cases they could not brake on time. During the investigation, it turned out that one of the valves of the ABS hydraulic unit may stick and not close after the system has been triggered, which leads to a shift in the brake pedal and an increase in its stroke. This does not affect the braking performance in any way, but the driver, out of habit, may not squeeze the pedal and thus provoke an accident. Sticking is caused by a change in the properties of the DOT 3 brake fluid due to its reaction with an anti-corrosion additive.

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The NHTSA reports that it received 544 complaints due to a defect, of which 26 were accidents in which three people were injured. Ford Press Service claims that there were 15 accidents involving a malfunctioning ABS hydraulic unit, and two were injured.

During the service campaign, the mechanics of the authorized Ford and Lincoln service centers (Mercury brand was liquidated in 2011) will wash the brake system for free for car owners, fill in a new brake fluid – DOT 4, install a new filler tank lid with the corresponding marking and check the operation of the hydraulic unit. If after valve replacement sticking of the valve is detected, the hydraulic unit will be replaced with a new one, but parts will have to wait – they are promised to be released in the first quarter of next year.

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We add that in 2015 the same models, but released in a different time interval (from July 21, 2008 to March 4, 2011), responded in an amount of 451,865 pieces due to sticking of another valve – a safety valve in the fuel tank. The failure of this valve led to the creation of excess pressure in the tank, its cracking and fuel leakage.

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