Defective Brake Cable Forces Ford Medium-Duty Truck Recall

May 21, 2018 by Clarissa Hawes

Ford Motor Co. is recalling 2018 F-650 and F-750 medium-duty trucks because a defect with the hydraulic parking brake cable may cause the vehicles to move unexpectedly, increasing the risk of a crash.

The automaker is also recalling approximately 273 EcoSport crossovers from the current model year because they were equipped with European brake fluid reservoir caps instead of the U.S. version.

The truck recall involves 151 F-650 and F-750 trucks built at the Ohio Assembly plant in Avon Lake from March 28 to April 17.

Prior to the vehicle being repaired, owners of the affected trucks should “make sure the transmission is secured in park or the wheels are chocked [by placing a block of wood behind the wheel to keep it from rolling] before leaving the vehicle unattended,” Ford said.

“In affected vehicles, the parking brake cable may not have adequate tension, which could result in reduced parking brake performance and unintended vehicle movement,” Ford said.

If a problem is found, dealers will adjust the parking brake cable to the proper tension.

No crashes or injuries have been reported as a result of the recall, Ford said.

In the affected EcoSport crossovers, dealers will install brake fluid reservoir caps, which allows owners to open and refill brake fluid when needed, as well as owners’ manual kits to include the U.S. version. The U.S. version is required by federal motor vehicle safety standards.

The defective EcoSport crossovers were built at the Chennai Assembly Plant in India.

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