Earlier this month, Ford announced the recall of nearly half a million Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX SUVs over concerns that their brake lines could leak fluid, increasing the risk of a crash. The company said drivers might experience difficulty applying the brake in instances of fluid loss. As brake fluid decreases, the brake pedal will experience more significant travel, which reduces brake performance.
Ford said if the brake fluid reservoir is below a certain level, drivers will be alerted by the warning indicator light. There are no known car accidents or injuries associated with this brake issue, the company noted. Impacted vehicles include the 2015 – 2018 Ford Edge and 2016 – 2018 Lincoln MKX.
The company believes the cause of the problem is the front brake jounce hose, which can rupture. When it does, it allows fluid to leak out. This causes a safety issue because hydraulic brake systems depend on fluid pressure to operate.
As for the fix, Ford plans to replace the front brake jounce hoses with new ones that have braided material. There will be no cost for the repair. The NHTSA has a number for this recall, 20S42, but Ford is expected to send notifications to its customers soon.
Contact Ford customer service at 866-436-7332 for additional information.