Although Ford is not calling it a recall – we tend to look past the PR damage-control management tactics. Ford has launched what they like to call a service campaign to replace brake hoses in 200,000 Falcons made from September 2002 to March 2007.
The change will be made at owners’ next service (conducted at Ford customer relations centres or Ford dealers).
“0.5 per cent of the population (~1,000) of Falcon cars (BA to BF) have experienced this occurrence, when it does occur, there is a softening of the brake pedal. The car still operates within all of the ADR (Australian Design Rule) requirements, braking within the prescribed distances.” Ford Australia spokesman Edward Finn said.
You can see how Ford have managed to use a loophole in order to avoid an official recall. Surely whilst the cars might still comply with ADR requirements, given the change in brake feel, likelihood of an accident will undoubtedly increase.
“The rear brake hoses on certain sedan models are being replaced because in certain circumstances they wear excessively and the brakes lose their operating effectiveness,” Mr Finn said.
Don’t rush to your nearest service centre yet, the issue should be easily noticeable, and accompanied by a warning light in the instrument cluster.
Although this is not officially a recall, Ford are happy to replace any brake hoses for customers who feel their brakes fade, without having to wait till the next service. Ford denies that any accidents or injury have been caused by the issue.