Automotive - - Dec 28,2016
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the probe was untied on December 20 and involves one of Ford’s most standard models, The Ford Fusion.
On Tuesday, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said that the US safety regulators are inspecting Ford Motor Co.’s Fusion and Mercury Milan sedans from the 2007 – 2009 model years in regard to the brakes that might fail under certain conditions. The NHTSA and officials from Ford Motors Co. stated that there have been only three reported crashes linked to this brake issue; no injuries have been reported till date.
According to NHTSA website, the report showed that when the sedans go over rough or uneven surfaces, such as a manhole cover, or on slippery roads, the anti-lock braking system (ABS) may not work properly. This can upsurge the distance compulsory to stop the vehicles, increasing the chance of a crash. The US administration estimated that there are nearly 475,000 such car models spread out in in the country.
The agency’s office of Defects Investigation stated that it received nearly 141 complaints about unexpected increases in the distance required to stop the car. The hydraulic control unit (HCU) is suspected to be the problem, which causes a defect in the cars’ anti-lock braking system. According to several car drivers, their cars took too long to stop at traffic signals, causing the vehicles to finally halt in the center of oncoming traffic.
Ford Motor Co. said that the US automaker company is cooperating with federal safety officials in the investigation. According to a report, if a recall is demanded then it could affect approximately a half million cars in the United States.
Ford’s Fusion and its defunct division Mercury’s Milan, from the stated model years have been involved in numerous recall operations in the past. The 2006 -11 mid-size car Fusion and Milan 4-door sedans are among the 1.9 million Ford models affected by the current Takata Corporation airbag recall which involves more than a dozen automobile manufacture companies.