A Mercury sedan that's included in the latest Ford, Lincoln, Mercury recall.

Ford is recalling more than 600,000 Ford Fusion, Mercury Milan, and Lincoln MKZ sedans from the 2006 through 2010 model years because their brakes may not work properly.

The problem is caused by a faulty valve within the braking system. If this part fails, the car’s brake pedal may need to be pushed harder and further than usual for the brakes to engage, which could lead to a crash.

The automaker says it is aware of 15 crashes and two injuries that may be related to the problem.

The Details

Vehicles recalled: 600,166 Ford Fusion, Mercury Milan, and Lincoln MKZ sedans manufactured from Feb. 22, 2006, through July 15, 2009.

The problem: A valve within the brake system’s hydraulic control unit could stick open, forcing the driver to push the brake harder and further than usual for the brakes to engage.

The fix: Dealers will replace any faulty valves and pressure flush the brake system with a different kind of brake fluid called DOT 4, which has enhanced performance in higher temperatures and improved anticorrosive properties, a Ford spokesperson told Consumer Reports. Dealers will also replace the brake fluid reservoir cap to indicate that those who service the car’s brakes must now use DOT 4 brake fluid instead of DOT 3 fluid, which was originally recommended. These repairs will be free of charge.

How to contact the manufacturer: Owners may contact Ford customer service at 800-392-3673. Ford will begin notifying customers the week of Jan. 13.

NHTSA campaign number: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has not yet given a number to this recall. Ford’s reference number for this recall is 19S54.

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