Following an investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Ford is recalling about 271,000 F-150 pickup trucks in North America from the 2013 and 2014 model years equipped with 3.5-liter engines. The recall is due to concerns that a fluid leak could reduce braking power. According to the NHTSA, the complaints involve “symptoms of brake pedal going to the floor with complete loss of brake effectiveness, brake warning lamp illumination, and/or low or empty master cylinder reservoir fluid level with no visible leakage.”
Ford diagnosed the issue and found that brake fluid can at times leak from the master cylinder, reducing the stopping ability of the front brakes. Ford dealers will replace the master cylinder and brake booster as needed.
A U.S. Senate report found that due to an airbag component shortage, some automakers are still installing defective airbag devices. According to a NBC News report, though the Takata devices still being installed have not actually been recalled, they do not contain the moisture absorbing desiccants included in newer and safer airbag designs.
As a result, Chrysler is recalling 2004-2008 Ram 1500, 2005-2009 Ram 2500, 2006-2009 Ram 3500, 2007-2010 Ram 3500 Cab Chassis and 2008-2010 Ram 4500 and 5500 Cab Chassis over concerns the airbag may rupture. Chrysler also recalled 2008-2009 Sterling 4500 and 5500 Cab Chassis.