Parking Brake Defect Forces Recall for Several Ford Models

Parking Brake Defect Forces Recall for Several Ford Models
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July 31, 2015

For those who regularly park on a hill, the parking brake is a necessity. Unfortunately, it may not be reliable if you drive a Ford.

The Ford Motor Company is recalling several models due to the discovery that the parking brake may not be fully engaged when applied. This defect puts the vehicles in opposition with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 135, "Light Vehicle Brake Systems."

The affected vehicles are the 2015 Ford Taurus, Ford Flex, Lincoln MKS, Lincoln MKT, and the 2015-2016 Ford Explorer. About 7,000 vehicles are included in the recall.

If the parking brake does not fully engage and the transmission is left in a gear other than 'Park' while on a slope, the vehicle may roll away, increasing the risk of a crash.

Ford is expected to begin notifying affected owners on Aug. 31, 2015. Dealers will test the operation of the parking brake system, and if necessary, replace the assembly, free of charge. Customers with questions can contact Ford at (866) 436-7332.