Ford and the NHTSA issued a statement recalling some 250,000+ 2013-2014 F150 pickups over a defective brake master cylinder.
The defect involves a leak of brake fluid within the master cylinder, which could seep into the brake booster, affecting its function greatly. Because brakes are supposed to be a sealed system, any loss in pressure from a leak would basically inhibit the system from working, with the pedal going to the floor and not much happening.
Only the 2013-2014 F150s with the 3.5L EcoBoost V6 are affected, with Ford only being aware of nine accidents reported from the problem.
The NHTSA on the other hand stated that a total of 33 reports of brake master cylinder failures were filed involving those model year trucks to date.
Ford will fix all trucks affected, free of charge.
Ford issues safety recall for certain 2013-2014 Ford F-150 vehicles in North America to replace their brake master cylinders.
Ford is issuing a safety recall for approximately 271,000 2013-2014 Ford F-150 vehicles to replace brake master cylinders. 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.
Ford 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.
Affected vehicles include certain 2013-2014 Ford F-150 vehicles equipped with 3.5-liter GTDI engines built at Dearborn Truck Plant, Aug. 1, 2013 through Aug. 22, 2014; and Kansas City Assembly Plant, Aug. 1, 2013 through Aug. 31, 2014. There are 270,873 vehicles affected including 225,012 in the United States and federalized territories, 43,682 in Canada and 402 in Mexico.
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.
– By: Chris Chin
Source: Ford, NHTSA