DEARBORN, Mich. – The Ford Motor Company has agreed to recall almost 200,000 model-year 2014 and 2015 vehicles that might have a disintegrated and missing brake pedal stop bumper and subsequently could be inadvertently shifted out of “Park” as well as having faulty brake lights.
The 199,085-recall population breaks down as 2014 Ford Fusion 71,153; 2015 Fusion 62,902; 2014 Lincoln MKZ 7,996; 2015 MKZ 7,050, and 2015 Ford Mustang 49,994.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Part 573 Safety Recall Report 22V-011, in certain weather conditions (primarily southern coastal states and Hawaii), the brake pedal stop bumper might disintegrate which might cause the brake lights to be illuminated constantly (even when the brakes are not applied). as well “
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In addition, the report stated, “If the brake pedal stop bumper is missing on automatic transmission vehicles, the engine can be started and the transmission can shift out of park without depressing the brake pedal.”
Ford is completing its remedy program with a new brake pedal bumper having a longer life expectancy and more robust to environmental conditions. Validation testing of the new bumpers is still in process, according to NHTSA.
Dealers were scheduled to be notified as to the recall beginning Jan. 13th; owners are scheduled to begin receiving notification March 3rd-4th.