Safety & Compliance

Ford Recalls F-150 Pickups for Unexpected Braking

September 30, 2015

Photo of Ford F-150 courtesy of Ford.
Photo of Ford F-150 courtesy of Ford.

Ford Motor Co. is recalling 33,481 Ford F-150 pickup trucks in the 2015 model year, so dealers in the U.S. can address a potential braking issue linked to the adaptive cruise control system.

To resolve the problem, dealers will update the adaptive cruise control module software at no cost to the customer, Ford said.

“When passing a large, highly reflective truck, the adaptive cruise control radar in some of these vehicles could incorrectly identify the truck as being in the F-150 lane of travel when it is not,” Ford explained in a press release. “As a result, the vehicle might apply the brakes until the truck is no longer perceived to be in the lane of travel.”

Additionally, the collision warning system’s red warning light might also flash and a tone might sound simultaneously. When this happens, the brake lights will illuminate.

“The potential duration of this unexpected adaptive cruise control braking could increase the risk of a crash involving a vehicle behind the F-150,” Ford said. The automaker added that it has received a report of one non-injury accident that might be related to this issue.

The recall affects 2015 Ford F-150 pickups built at the Dearborn Truck Plant from March 18, 2014 through Aug. 5 of this year, and at the Kansas City Assembly Plant from Aug. 11, 2014 through Aug. 6 of this year.

In addition to the 33,481 recalled trucks in the U.S., Ford is also calling back 3,376 in Canada for the same problem.

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