Ford, Lincoln Recall Cars for Faulty Brake Lights, Rollaway Risk

2015 Ford Fusion rear Photo: Ford

Ford is recalling almost 200,000 Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ sedans from the 2014 and 2015 model years, and Mustang coupes and convertibles from the 2015 model year. A faulty part may cause the brake lights to stay on even when the driver isn’t braking, which could confuse other drivers. In addition, it may be possible to shift the car into Park without depressing the brake, and the vehicle could roll away as a result. Both situations could increase the risk of a crash or injury.

The issue is due to a part called a brake pedal bumper, which contacts a switch that illuminates the brake lights and lets the transmission know the driver is pressing down the brake pedal. If the car has been exposed to high temperatures, high humidity, and/or salt air, the brake pedal bumper could fall off.

Ford is recalling only cars that have been sold or registered in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, and Virginia. However, the automaker says it has a customer satisfaction program for vehicles not registered or sold in those states, so if your vehicle is having this issue, you should contact a Ford dealership no matter where you live.

Ford is not aware of any crashes or injuries related to this issue, but it has seen at least 615 warranty claims, according to documents the automaker provided to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The Details

Vehicles recalled: 2014 and 2015 Ford Fusion, 2014 and 2015 Lincoln MKZ, and 2015 Ford Mustang.

The problem: High humidity, heat, and/or exposure to salt air could cause the brake pedal bumper to corrode and detach from the brake pedal.

The fix: Dealerships will replace brake pedal bumpers and, if the vehicle is equipped with a manual transmission, clutch pedal bumpers free of charge. 

How to contact the manufacturer: Ford and Lincoln will begin sending out recall notices in the mail in early March. Owners may also contact Ford customer service at 866-436-7332. 

NHTSA campaign number: 22V011. ​​Ford’s own number for this recall is 22S02.

Check to see whether your vehicle has an open recall: NHTSA’s website will tell you whether your vehicle has any open recalls that need to be addressed.

If you plug your car’s 17-digit vehicle identification number (VIN) into NHTSA’s website and a recall doesn’t appear, it means your vehicle doesn’t currently have any open recalls. Because automakers issue recalls often, and for many older vehicles, we recommend checking back regularly to see whether your vehicle has had a recall issued.

2015 Ford Mustang rear with brake lights on

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Despite my love for quirky, old European sedans like the Renault Medallion, it's my passion to help others find a safe, reliable car that still puts a smile on their face—even if they're stuck in traffic. When I'm not behind the wheel or the keyboard, you can find me exploring a new city on foot or planning my next trip.