Ford F-150 Ecoboost Trucks Recalled for Brake Fluid Leak Issues

Ford Recalled F-150 Trucks for Brake Fluid Leak

The Ford Motor Company has recently recalled nearly 300,000 F-150 pickup trucks equipped with the 3.5 liter EcoBoost engine for a brake fluid leak. Vehicles affected by the recall may leak brake fluid from the front-wheel circuit of the brake master cylinder into the brake booster. The driver may receive a red brake warning indicator, alert in the message center, or an audible chime in the instrument cluster. They may also experience a change in the feel of the brake pedal, including increased effort for braking. This will depend upon the amount of brake fluid lost. If there is a substantial loss of brake fluid, it may reduce brake function in the front wheels. In the rear wheel circuit, the full braking function will remain, according to a statement by Ford. Conversely, extended stopping distance from reduced brake function in the front wheels has the potential to increase the risk of a motor vehicle collision.

The Ford Motor Company is aware of seven allegations regarding low-impact or low-speed crashes resulting in two injuries related to this brake failure problem. A safety recall, Ford reference number 20S31, has been created so that the brake master cylinder will be replaced by dealers. Under safety recall 20S31, the brake booster will be replaced as well if it is leaking.

Which Fords Were Recalled for the Brake Fluid Leak Concern?

Approximately 292,311 Ford vehicles in the United States are affected by the brake fluid leak recall. There are also 8,053 trucks in Mexico, and 43,536 in Canada apart of the recall. These include:

  • Select 2014 to 2017 Ford F-150 pickups built between September 1, 2014, to August 1, 2016, at Kansas City Assembly Plant
  • Select 2015 to 2017 Ford F-150 trucks built between October 1, 2014, to August 1, 2016, at Dearborn Truck Plant

Product Liability Claims for Defective Vehicles

While there may be a wide array of issues that may make a vehicle defective, there are a few areas where a problem could have started. An experienced Sacramento personal injury lawyer will investigate the design and manufacturing process to determine whether the company has tested the car to ensure it meets federal safety regulations and will function as intended and not cause harm. If the car has a flaw in its design, it may malfunction while being driven or break down over time. Whether the vehicle was deemed faulty as a result of unsafe manufacturing or design, an injured individual may be able to seek compensation through a vehicle product liability claim filed against the automaker.

Auto Product Liability Cases Against Manufacturers

One of the challenges of bringing an auto products liability claim against an automaker is that you need substantial evidence to prove the case. To gather evidence, collect any financial or medical records that are related to the accident and preserve the vehicle in question until it has been inspected by an experienced injury attorney.

When seeking compensation from a vehicle manufacturer through a products liability claim, they may offer a low-ball personal injury settlement before your case is taken to court. You may feel like it is the best option you have to avoid going through court proceedings and stress. However, it may not take into full account what the accident has cost you and your family in terms of medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Under these circumstances, retaining an experienced personal injury lawyer in Sacramento could be your best option. An attorney who has the experience and resources needed to litigate your case can help recover the justice and compensation you need to get your life back on track after a defective vehicle accident. For tips on what to look for in a reputable lawyer, watch the video below.

Do You Need an Auto Products Liability Lawyer?

At, our Sacramento personal injury lawyers believe the manufacturers of defective vehicles should be held financially responsible for their failure to build and sell safe cars on the market. Our injury lawyers are prepared to represent those who have been injured after a defective vehicle accident in what may be a challenging legal battle with automakers and their team of defense attorneys. For more information on how we can help you with your injury case after your crash, call us to schedule a free consultation today.

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I’m Ed Smith, a Sacramento personal injury lawyer. As a driver, you should be able to place full trust in the vehicle you purchase. However, when automakers fail to ensure their vehicles meet federal safety standards, the drivers who buy them may be put in harm’s way. When a defective car part or equipment causes an accident resulting in injury, the injured individual may be able to file an auto products liability claim for damages incurred. An experienced injury lawyer can help those affected recover the emotional and financial losses of their injuries. If you or a loved one has been injured after an accident you believe occurred as a result of a faulty car part or equipment, please call me at (916) 921-6400 or toll-free at (800) 404-5400. I can provide you my free, friendly advice on how to handle your situation and move forward from your accident.

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