Ford is recalling over 600,000 vehicles to address some issues with brakes and wheels.
The bulk of the numbers are mid-size sedans (Ford Fusion, Lincoln MKZ and Mercury Milan) from 2006-2010. In affected vehicles, a valve that is normally closed in the hydraulic control unit, may stick open, which might result in extended brake pedal travel. That may lead to increased braking distances and increase the risk of a crash.
Ford is aware of 15 incidents, two resulting in injuries, that may be traced to the condition. The recall affects 600,166 cars, all of them in the US and federalized territories.
Dealership technicians will inspect the hydraulic control unit, looking for valves that may be stuck or slow to react to inputs, and replace the entire unit as necessary. The braking system will also be flushed and refilled with DOT 4 brake fluid, and the reservoir cap will also be replaced with a new DOT 4 cap.
The second recall affects the latest F-150 pickups that may have spare tires with damaged beads. In potentially-affected vehicles, the bead area of the tire may have been damaged during the mounting process, potentially damaging the bead wire, which may lead to corrosion over time. That could result in separation of the bead wire and result in a rapid loss of air pressure and the tire detaching from the wheel.
Dealers will replace the spare tire.
The recall affects just 84 pickups, 51 of which are in Canada, and 33 in the US and federal territories.