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Ford Motor Co to Recall 737,000 Vehicles, Including the New Bronco, for Oil Leaks, Trailer Brake Control Software

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【Summary】U.S. automaker Ford Motor Co is conducting a large vehicle recall to address two separate problems, the company said on Friday. Ford is recalling roughly 737,000 vehicles in the United States for an engine part that could develop an oil leak and another for a hydraulic brake system software error that can inhibit braking.

FutureCar Staff    Apr 01, 2022 8:45 AM PT
Ford Motor Co to Recall 737,000 Vehicles, Including the New Bronco, for Oil Leaks, Trailer Brake Control Software
The recall by Ford includes the 2021-2022 F-150 pickup.

U.S. automaker Ford Motor Co is conducting a large recall to address two separate problems with its vehicles, the company said on Friday. Ford is recalling roughly 737,000 vehicles in the United States for an engine part that could develop an oil leak and another for a hydraulic brake system software error that can inhibit braking.

Ford is recalling 345,451 of its 2020-2022 Ford Escape SUVs and 2021-2022 Ford Bronco Sport vehicles equipped with 1.5L engines because the engine oil separator housing could crack and develop an oil leak that might lead to an engine fire. Ford said it had reports of at least eight fires that may be related to the issue.

Dealers will inspect the oil separator for damage or oil leaks, and replace the oil separator and seals, if needed.

The other recall involves 391,836 2021-2022 F-150 pickups, 2022 Ford Maverick pickups, Expedition, Lincoln Navigator, F-250, F-350, F-450 and F-550 heavy-duty vehicles because a towed trailer equipped with an electric or electric-over hydraulic brake system might not brake.

The Trailer Brake Controller system in Ford vehicles is designed to apply the brakes electronically on the trailer being towed when the driver applies the brakes on the towing vehicle.

Dealers will update the trailer brake control module software on the vehicles. Ford said it has 67 reports of improper function potentially related to the issue but no reports of crashes or injuries related to the recall.

Also this week, Ford announced an new entry-level off-road package for the popular F-150 pickup called "Rattler". The F-150 Rattler package is built off the XL series version of Ford's most popular truck. 

The F-150 Rattler is targeted at adventure-seeking customers looking for a stylish truck with standard four-wheel drive for exceptional off-road capability. The automaker added skid plates for a more confident off-road experience. Other features include an electronic rear-locking differential for better off-road traction, hill descent control and specially tuned off-road shock absorbers for increased stability over rough terrain. 


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