2006 Mercury Milan Recalled For ABS Problem
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Ford Recalls 600,000 Vehicles To Keep Brakes From Failing Due To Sticking Valve

Ford has recalled 600,000 2006-2010 Fusion, Mercury Milan, and Lincoln MKZ midsized cars to fix a ABS problem. The ABS valve reacts with the brake fluid currently used in the vehicles and can significantly slow or stop the action of the ABS valve, leading to braking problems. So far, two injuries have been linked to the issue.

In two recalls, Ford has recalled more than 600,000 vehicles for critical brake and spare tire problems. The brake issue affects 2006-10 Ford Fusion, Mercury Milan, and Lincoln MKZ, while a limited number of 2020 Ford F-150s has an issue with the spare tire.

Reason Is Sticking ABS Valve

In the first recall, the anti-lock braking valve (ABS) may remain open following an ABS event such as an emergency or hard stop that causes the ABS to engage. If the normally closed valve does remain open, the brakes will require more travel to stop the vehicle. The recall affects 600,166 vehicles.

The reason for the added travel is that the ABS valve reacts to the brake fluid, which contains corrosion preventive additives. The reaction between the valve and the fluid causes the valve to remain open, increasing the risk crashes, said the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

In its announcement, Ford said that it is aware of 15 accidents and two injuries that may be related to this problem. The automaker built the affected vehicles at its Hermosillo, Mexico Assembly Plant from Feb. 22, 2006, to July 15, 2009.

Dealers Will Replace The Faulty Units

Ford dealers will inspect the hydraulic control unit for signs of stuck or slow-responding valves and replace the unit, if necessary. The hydraulic control system will be pressure-flushed with DOT 4 brake fluid. And, the DOT 3 cap currently there will be replaced with a DOT 4 cap. The Ford internal reference number for this recall is 19S54. The NHTSA identifier is 19V904. Ford will notify owners initially of the recall in mid-January. There will be another notice sent out when parts are available, which is expected late in the first quarter of 2020, according to NHTSA. For the hearing-impaired, the TTY line is 800-424-9153. You can also contact the agency through its website, www.safercar.gov.

In the second recall, Ford has recalled a small number of 2020 Ford F-150 pickups to replace the spare tire. According to Ford, the bead area could have been damaged when the spare was mounted. Over time, cuts, tears, or other damage may lead to corrosion to the bead-wire. Bead-wire corrosion can cause separation of the bead wire, resulting in a rapid loss of air pressure, which leads to the tread detaching from the tire. The bead is the point where the tire’s sidewall joins the tread.

Ford has issued several other recalls recently, the most recent of which is for a fire threat from sparks from pretensioners that can ignite the carpet causing a fire. In another recall for Ford Super Duty pickups for unintended tailgate openings due to problems with water in locking mechanism. In another recall, 78,000 Ford Rangers were recalled for issues with a rear light connector and lighting.

Ford F-150s In U.S., Canada Affected

So far, there have been no accidents or injuries reported to Ford due to the problem that affects 31 Ford F150 pickups in the U.S. and 51 in Canada. Dealers will replace the spare tire on the pickups that came down the assembly line the Dearborn Truck Plant, Nov. 10-21, 2019. The Ford identifier is 19S55.

Marc Stern has been an auto writer since 1971. It was a position that filled two boyhood dreams: One was that I would write, and two that I write about cars. When I took over as my newspaper’s auto editor, I began a 32-year career as an automotive columnist. There isn’t much on four wheels that I haven’t driven or reviewed. My work has appeared in Popular Mechanics, Mechanix Illustrated, AutoWeek, SuperStock, Trailer Life, Old Cars Weekly, Special Interest Autos, and others. Today, I am the Ford F150 reporter for Torque News. I write how-to and help columns for online sites such as Fixya.com and others. You can follow me on Twitter or Facebook.

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Regarding Ford recall, 19S54, I own a 2008 Mazdza 3, which had this same type of failure occur. When the vehicle was built, I know the companies were using each other's parts. I have a FoMoCo dipstick and my brake calipers are FoMoCo. Could this same ABS hydraulic unit have been installed on my vehicle? I had to pump the brakes up to stop, with no fluid leakage. The repair was $1200 at the local Mazda dealer.
They need to expand this recall. I have a 2011 Fusion with the same issue.
Just talked to ford they wont include 2011 with same issues unless more people complain.
We just had same problem with 2011 ford fusion too.
I wish you well on this problem. My 2010 was included in the recall. Received recall letter in January. I notify Ford Motor and a Dealership I was having brake issues. Only to be told I would received a second letter when the part was available. August 14th my brakes failed again and pushed to the floor board. I had to leave the highway to avoid hitting the person in front of me that was turning, my car is damaged now from the accident. Almost a month now my car has been at a dealerships lot waiting on Ford Motor Company to do something. My advice to anyone with this brake issue be careful. The only warning you will have is when the brakes go to the floor then it’s to late.
I have a 2010 Fusion, built 12-09, that has done this twice now. After sitting for several minutes it goes back tio working normally. Who do we as a group need to complain to? Thanks
In your ford manual is an actual number I think to an independent agency for complaints. When I was on phone to ford they didnt tell me about this just that they will document it and that there arent enough people complaining for them to look into it. It's a joke I asked her who I complained to when someone dies do to a malfunctioning brake system. That is clearly noted an every ford mechanic knows about. She said that is hypotothec and that not necessarily anyone will die. Likely last ford I buy.
My ABS light has been on for a week yet I have not received any instructions regarding the recall. For needs to wake up. I have almost died in this car and they keep dragging their feet. How many people gotta die?
If you are experiencing this problem you need to complain to the NHTSA as well as Ford. NHTSA will make Ford extend the recall if they get enough complaints. Ford complaints go nowhere. There is a complaint process on the NHTSA web site that wasn't hard to navigate but we all need to complain to be counted and make them change. In teh meantime I did what the service order said Ford would do, flush the system with Dot 4, once I did that my valve went back closed and the issue seems better. I didn't want to replace the ABS valve assembly $750 part.
I will file a complaint. Already looked up the process on NHTSA. Thank you. This seems extremely unsafe.
To anyone having the brake issue please be cautious. I did received the recall on my 2010 Ford Fusion. I have been experiencing brake failure a few times. I have talked to Ford Motor Company and a Dealership about it only to be told I will receive a second letter when the part was available. The recall was in January. In August coming through a busy town the vehicle in front of me was making a right turn into a restaurant. When I applied the brakes they went out again. I had to run off the highway because my car was not going to stop. If I had not I would have hit the lady in front of me. I hit several curbs and was inches away from a street light pole when I finally came to a stop. I am thankful I chose to leave the highway. That rainy afternoon that ladies life or mine could have been taken. You have no warning before it happens. Now my car has been sitting on a Dealership lot waiting to see what Ford Motor Company is going to do about all the damages to my car. It’s been almost a month now. This is a serious and dangerous situation.
If you experience this failure, in an emergency, as a last resort, you can deploy your parking brake. We use to call them emergency brakes in the old days. Most of them will stop the car but it can mes up some newer model parking brakes. I would rather mess up a parking brake than run into someone at full speed.
The e brake in a fusion will simply activate the normal rear brake. Won't hurt anything. Of course, there's the potential to lock the rear tires which will bring the back of the car to the front. If you think that's a bad thing, don't do it, or only pull a little, not full gorilla mode.
I have a 2008 Mercury Mariner and have the same problem with the brakes. I don't see Ford recalling the Mercury Truck line. My friend has a 2008 Mercury Mountaineer and also has the problem.
I have a 2014 fusion se 1.5 ecoboost with a sinking pedal and a issue with the stability control it feels like the chasis is twisting back and forth driving strait down the road and I only have 70k on it and I'm on my 4th set of tires in 50k miles I have had it at long lewis of MS al 3 or 4 times for them to tell me nothing is wrong with my car after paying for a rental for 10 to 14 days each times