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From Products Liability Law Daily, May 25, 2016

Ford announces two recalls affecting F-150 and Lincoln MKX vehicles

By Colleen Kave, J.D.

Ford Motor Company has issued one safety recall and one safety compliance recall involving approximately 270,878 vehicles in North America. Models impacted by the recalls include 2013-2014 Ford F-150 vehicles and 2016 Lincoln MKX vehicles (Ford Press Release, May 25, 2016).

Ford F150 recall. Ford is recalling around 270,873 2013-2014 Ford F-150 vehicles equipped with 3.5-liter GTDI engines built at the Dearborn Truck Plant from August 1, 2013, through August 22, 2014, and at the Kansas City Assembly Plant from August 1, 2013, through August 31, 2014, for replacement of the brake master cylinders. There are 225,012 affected vehicles in the United States and federalized territories, 43,682 in Canada, and 402 in Mexico.

In some vehicles, it is possible brake effectiveness could be reduced due to brake fluid leaking from the brake master cylinder into the brake booster, increasing the risk of a crash. The brake fluid leak affects brakes to the front wheels only and does not affect rear wheel braking.

Incidents and injuries. The company is aware of allegations of nine accidents with no injuries, and one alleged injury involving interaction with the vehicle’s brakes, but not associated with an accident.

Remedy. Dealers will replace the brake master cylinder at no cost to the customer. Additionally, dealers will replace the brake booster if they find leaks from the brake master cylinder.

Lincoln MKX recall. Ford is also recalling around five 2016 Lincoln MKX vehicles built at Oakville Assembly on September 24 and 25, 2015, for replacement of the seatback trim cover for the left-side second-row seat and to install a tether cover bezel. All of the affected vehicles are located in the United States.

In certain vehicles, the trim cover used for the second row was intended for the China market. As a result, the center tether anchor is covered by the trim cover.

Incidents and injuries. Ford is not aware of any accidents or injuries associated with this issue.

Remedy. Dealers will inspect and replace the seatback trim cover for the left-side second-row seat and install a tether cover bezel at no cost to the customer.

Contact information. Owners may contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

Companies: Ford Motor Co.

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