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Ford is recalling nearly 115k units of new Bronco Sport and Ford Escape SUVs over a defect with the vehicles’ rear brake lining. As such, there could be a diminished performance of the brakes. The recall covers vehicles from the 2021-22 model years.

According to the safety recall listed on the NHTSA’s website:

“Some vehicles may be equipped with rear brake linings that have a friction coefficient that is outside of the specified tolerances. These vehicles are equipped with a brake vacuum booster without a vacuum sensor. The vacuum sensor compensated for variation in brake pad friction performance.”

Which models are impacted by the Ford brake recall?

According to information from the NHTSA’s recall notice:

“2021-2022 model year Bronco Sport vehicles with build dates from January 27, 2021, through November 11, 2021, and 2021-2022 model year Escape vehicles with build dates from December 14, 2020, through October 26, 2021, are affected.”

Ford Motor Company says they are looking into the issue and will conduct their own research. But according to the NHTSA the impacted vehicles breakdown like this:

  • 2021 Bronco Sport = 65,429
  • 2021 Escape = 49,553
  • 2022 Bronco Sport = 12
  • 2022 Escape = 2

These vehicles are not produced in VIN order. Information as to the applicability of this action to specific vehicles can best be obtained by either calling Ford’s toll-free line (1-866-436-7332) or by contacting a local Ford or Lincoln dealer who can obtain specific information regarding the vehicles from the Ford On-line Automotive Service Information System (OASIS) database.

What to do if my vehicle is recalled?

According to the recall information the tentative remedy is as follows: Owners will be notified by mail and instructed to take their vehicle to a Ford or Lincoln dealer for replacement of the front and/or rear brake linings with a higher friction design. There will be no charge for this service. Ford is excluding reimbursement for costs because the original warranty program would provide for a free repair for this concern. Ford will forward a copy of the notification letters to dealers to the agency when available.

The bottom line on the Ford Escape, Bronco Sport recall

You never want to mess around with brake issues. And this is a significantly high number of vehicles. This follows a recall in July of more than 144,000 2013-2017 Explorers due to a rear toe-link fracture.

As always, if you’re unsure, contact your Ford dealer or call the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.nhtsa.gov. We have all known truck and SUV recalls organized right here on the recalls portion of the website.

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Jimmy Dinsmore

Jimmy is News Editor for PickupTruckTalk with an expertise in new vehicles. He is also a Ford Mustang historian having authored the book Mustang by Design (available on Amazon). His second book, about the history of Ford's F-Series truck comes out next year.

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