2014-2017 Ford F-150 recall due to brake concerns

Ford is recalling 292,311 F-150 pickup trucks from the 2014 to 2017 model years due to concerns that they may leak brake fluid, affecting brake pedal feel and potentially brake function.

This problem is limited to models fitted with the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine, and the fluid loss impacts the front brakes. The automaker says that even if enough fluid is drained to reduce front braking, the rear brakes are not affected. However, the overall stopping ability will be limited, increasing the risk of a crash.

The company is aware of "seven low-speed/low-impact accident allegations with two injuries associated with this issue," according to a company press release. 

Depending on how much fluid is lost, a driver may receive several warnings, including a chime, trouble light in the dashboard, and a message in the instrument cluster information center, according to documentation from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. A developing problem will also be indicated by a change in brake pedal travel and feel, and a reduction in stopping ability, which would cause the driver to lose control of the vehicle.

Owners will be notified of the recall by mail starting late June, 2020. 

The Details

Vehicles Recalled
• 2015-17 Ford F-150 vehicles built at Dearborn Truck Plant, Oct. 1, 2014 to Aug. 1, 2016
• 2014-17 Ford F-150 vehicles built at Kansas City Assembly Plant, Sept. 1, 2014 to Aug. 1, 2016

The problem: The brake master cylinder may leak brake fluid needed to actuate the front brakes. The master cylinder converts the force applied to the brake pedal into fluid pressure that cause the brake calipers to pinch the discs and slow the vehicle.

Learn more about the signs of a failing brake master cylinder in the CR Car Repair Encyclopedia.

The fix: Dealers will replace the brake master cylinder, and if it is leaking, the brake booster will also be replaced.

How to contact the manufacturer: Owners may contact Ford customer service at 866-436-7332.

NHTSA campaign number: 20V-332. Ford’s reference number for this recall is 20S31.

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