Ford is recalling more than 1.2 million cars due to defective brake fluid hoses.
Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ sedans sold between 2013 and 2018 may have front brake hoses that rupture more easily and cause significant leaks, according to the National Transportation Safety Administration.
“A brake fluid leak will increase brake pedal travel and extend the distance needed to stop the vehicle, increasing the risk of (a) crash,” the agency said, adding that dealers will replace affected hoses free of charge.
Ford said the vehicle’s brake fluid indicator light might come on.
Only about 2% of recalled cars have the defect. The hoses were discontinued in 2017.
The Detroit automaker said it was aware of an accident that was the result of brake hose failure, but no injuries were reported.
Affected owners can expect to receive notification sometime in April.
The recall wasn’t the only one Ford issued this month.
More than 220,000 2021 F-150 trucks have been recalled due to faulty wiper motors that can wipe slowly, erratically, or not at all. The 2021 F-150 has had 14 other recall notices and Ford has asked NHTSA to suggest that owners stop driving the vehicles until all problems are resolved.