DEARBORN, Mich. – The Ford Motor Company has agreed to recall certain model-year 2022 Maverick compact pickup trucks with brake lights which might illuminate without the driver applying the brakes.
The affected vehicles within the 11,098 recall population were equipped with suspect antilock-braking-system (ABS) modules, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Part 573 Safety Recall Report 22V-730.
The report specifies the problem as, “Due to a lack of definition in the Active Cruise Control (ACC) and the Antilock Braking System (ABS) interface specification, the ABS sends an incorrect signal to the Integrated Trailer Relay Module (ITRM). The ITRM then assumes by reading this incorrect signal that the brakes are still active, leading to the brake lamps illuminating when the brakes are not active.”
The agency says the safety risk is “Unintended illumination of the stop lamps may impair their effectiveness and increase the risk of crash.”
The remedy consists of owners bringing their vehicles to an authorized dealership where the ABS module’s software will be updated.
Dealers were scheduled to be notified of the recall last month. Maverick owners are scheduled to be notified between Nov. 14th and 18th.