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Ford is recalling 1.5 million vehicles to repair brake hoses and wiper arms


DETROIT (AP) — Ford is recalling more than 1.5 million vehicles in the U.S. in two actions to repair leaky brake hoses and wiper arms that could break.

The larger of two recalls covers nearly 1.3 million mid-size Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKX cars from 2013 through 2018. The company says in documents posted Friday by safety regulators that front brake hoses could rupture and leak brake fluid. That would increase the stroke of the brake pedal and make the braking distance longer.

Dealers will replace the hoses. Ford will send notification letters to the owner starting April 17. They will receive a second letter as soon as parts are available for the repair.

Owners experiencing problems should call their dealer, says Ford. Some parts are already available for repair. The company says only about 2% of vehicles will have brake hose leaks.

Ford says it is aware of one accident with no reports of injuries as a result of the problem.

The second recall affects more than 222,000 2021 F-150 pickups. The wiper arms may break.

Dealers will replace the arms as needed. Owners will be notified from March 27.

Joanna Swanson

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