DEARBORN, Mich. – Ford Motor Company is recalling approximately 115,000 model-year 2021 and 2022 Escape and Bronco Sport sport utility vehicles (SUV) due to a potential defect in the rear brake linings which could impact braking performance.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Part 573 Safety Recall Report 21V-922, “Some vehicles may be equipped with rear brake linings that have a friction coefficient that is outside of the specified tolerances. These vehicles are equipped with a brake vacuum booster without a vacuum sensor. The vacuum sensor compensated for variation in brake-pad friction performance.

“If one of the affected vehicles experiences a booster malfunction, the customer may experience increased brake pedal forces and extended stopping distances beyond [federal regulation] FMVSS 135 requirements, increasing the risk of a crash.”

The affected 114,996-vehicle population is:

2021 Bronco Sport — 65,429
2021 Escape — 49,553
2022 Bronco Sport — 12
2022 Escape – 2

According to NHTSA, “Ford is still validating the service remedy for this issue. . . The tentative remedy front and/or rear brake linings have a higher coefficient of friction than design intent and will compensate for the brake lining friction variation and enable the vehicle to meet all FMVSS 135 stopping distance requirements.”

Dealers are scheduled to begin receiving notice of the recall Jan. 3, 2022 and owners Jan. 10, 2022.