Ford recalls 200,000 Mustang, Fusion and MKZ cars over brake light problems, risk of rollaway

A Lincoln and two Ford cars are part of a new recall due to braking problems, according to a paper released this week by the Department of Road Safety. Ford Mustang, Fusion when Lincoln MKZ brake lights can be a problem and cars with automatic transmissions can exit the parking lot without the driver pressing the brake pedal. The issue affects the 2014-2015 Fusion and MKZ and the 2015 Mustang. A total of 199,085 cars are included.  The brake light problem is related to the detachment of the brake pedal bumper. When the fault is on the surface, the brake light is always on, as if the driver had applied the brakes. NHTSA said the turbulence increases the risk of a collision. The lack of brake pedal bumpers is an overpressure problem.  If the bumper fails, the recalled car equipped with an automatic transmission can exit the parking space without the driver braking. Ford is not aware of any accidents and injuries associated with the malfunction.  The recall specifically focused on the approximately 200,000 vehicles previously sold or registered in several southern states so far. According to car manufacturers, high temperatures, high humidity and salinity can corrode and discolor brake pedal bumpers. Ford said cars registered so far in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia and Hawaii are the main focus.  To prevent the car from sliding out of the parking lot or constantly applying brake lights, the owner must take the car to a Ford or Lincoln dealer for free repair. Ford replaces the brake bumper and the clutch bumper at the same time. The clutch bumper is not part of the recall, but Ford says "the parts are made of the same material and will be replaced at the same time to avoid future customer satisfaction issues." Owners will see the notice sent in the mail from March 3, but the automaker does not yet have a schedule for when this repair will begin.

A Lincoln and two Ford cars are part of a new recall due to braking problems, according to a paper released this week by the Department of Road Safety. Ford Mustang, Fusion when Lincoln MKZ brake lights can be a problem and cars with automatic transmissions can exit the parking lot without the driver pressing the brake pedal. The issue affects the 2014-2015 Fusion and MKZ and the 2015 Mustang. A total of 199,085 cars are included.

The brake light problem is related to the detachment of the brake pedal bumper. When the fault is on the surface, the brake light is always on, as if the driver had applied the brakes. NHTSA said the turbulence increases the risk of a collision. The lack of brake pedal bumpers is an overpressure problem.

If the bumper fails, the recalled car equipped with an automatic transmission can exit the parking space without the driver braking. Ford is not aware of any accidents and injuries associated with the malfunction.

The recall specifically focused on the approximately 200,000 vehicles previously sold or registered in several southern states so far. According to car manufacturers, high temperatures, high humidity and salinity can corrode and discolor brake pedal bumpers. Ford said cars registered so far in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia and Hawaii are the main focus.

To prevent the car from sliding out of the parking lot or constantly applying brake lights, the owner must take the car to a Ford or Lincoln dealer for free repair. Ford replaces the brake bumper and the clutch bumper at the same time. 

The clutch bumper is not part of the recall, but Ford says "the parts are made of the same material and will be replaced at the same time to avoid future customer satisfaction issues." Owners will see the notice sent in the mail from March 3, but the automaker does not yet have a schedule for when this repair will begin.

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