Ford Motor Recalls for Brakes, Corrosion and Fires

Ford Motor Company is issuing three safety recalls in North America it announced today. Affected are 2015-18 Ford Edge and 2016-18 Lincoln MKX 2020 Lincoln Corsair crossovers, and 2020 Ford F-150 pickups. All told more than ~560,000 vehicles are being recalled for dangerous safety defects.

Safety Recall for 2015-18 Ford Edge and 2016-18 Lincoln MKX vehicles

Affected vehicles have front brake jounce hoses that could rupture, causing a progressive brake fluid leak. If the brake fluid reservoir is depleted enough, the brake fluid warning indicator light will illuminate. The driver may experience an increase in brake pedal travel, together with a reduction in the rate of deceleration, increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will replace the front brake jounce hoses with new hoses that have a revised braid material. The Ford reference number for this recall is 20S42.

Ford said it is not aware of any reports of accident or injury related to this condition. This action affects 488,594 vehicles in the U.S. and federal territories, 62,876 in Canada and 7,140 in Mexico.

Affected vehicles:

  • 2015-18 Ford Edge vehicles built at Oakville Assembly Plant from June 25, 2014, to Dec. 21, 2017 and 2016-18 Lincoln MKX vehicles built there from Nov. 11, 2014, to Dec. 21, 2017.

 Safety Recall for 2020 Lincoln Corsair Vehicles

Affected vehicles may have insufficient clearance between the left and right rear coil springs and the toe link bracket. This can cause the spring and bracket to touch, potentially wearing away the protective coating on the coil spring. Over time, corrosion due to removal of the protective coating may reduce the full life of the spring and may result in fracture of the spring. A fractured rear coil spring may separate from the vehicle and cause a potential road hazard for traffic following behind, increasing the likelihood of a crash for other vehicles.

Dealers will inspect the vehicles for clearance between the toe link bracket and rear coil spring. If needed, the toe link bracket edge will be trimmed, and a new coil spring will be installed. Ford said it is not aware of any reports of accident or injury related to this safety defect

This recall affects 2,965 vehicles in the U.S. and federal territories, 491 in Canada and 141 in Mexico for vehicles were built at Louisville Assembly Plant from Jan. 7 to Oct. 21, 2019. The Ford reference number for this recall is 20S41.

Safety Recall for 2020 Ford F-150 Pickups

Affected vehicles may have been built with an improper attachment nut used to fasten the positive battery cable (B+) to the starter motor. An improper attachment nut may not provide a secure connection to the starter causing an increase in heat generation during a vehicle start cycle, and electrical arcing, which could lead to a fire. Dealers will replace the starter motor B+ power supply attachment nut. The Ford reference number for this recall is 20S40.

Ford said it is not aware of any reports of fire, accident or injury related to this condition. This action affects 431 vehicles in the U.S. built at Kansas City Assembly Plant from June 30 to July 1, 2020.

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