NHTSA Is Investigating Millions of Fords and Lincolns Following a Brake Hose Recall
A news report published on jalopnik.com states that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has launched a probe into Ford and Lincoln brake hose ruptures.
The NHTSA agency stated that defective brake hoses could leak brake fluid or rupture without warning. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is trying to find out whether a repair Ford Motor Company did for its front brake hoses caused the hoses to rupture prematurely.
According to Reuters, the company said it would cooperate with the probe into 1.7 million vehicles. The safety agency says many complaints reported brake hoses are rupturing and leaking brake fluid with little to no warning. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's investigation affects 1.7 million 2013-2018 Ford Fusions and Lincoln MKZ sedans. The agency has already received around 50 complaints alleging front brake hose failure. Ford recalled almost 500,00 Lincoln MKX and Ford Edge vehicles in 2020 for a brake hose failure issue.
NHTSA is only aware of one alleged accident caused by the ruptured brake line issue. The issue causes a dangerous increase in stopping distances. The auto safety agency also launched the investigation, also known as a "recall query," for additional examination and to decide whether or not additional motor vehicles should be recalled.
Usually, NHTSA investigations begin as preliminary evaluations. The NHTSA's engineers requested specific details from Ford, including complaint data, warranty claims, and injuries. The automaker can present its view concerning the alleged defect and potential recall. After the NHTSA has completed its evaluation, the NHTSA will either move on to the next phase or close the investigation. If there is a safety-related defect, the NHTSA could send a recall request letter to the automaker.
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