Ford Motor Company is recalling certain model year 2015 Ford F-150 pickup trucks equipped with Adaptive Cruise Control technology over an issue that could cause the vehicles to unexpectedly apply the brakes.
The defect: affected vehicles equipped with Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC). While using the Adaptive Cruise Control, the vehicle may falsely detect an obstacle in its path and may unexpectedly apply the brakes.
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. As a result, the vehicle might apply the brakes until the truck is no longer perceived to be in the lane of travel. The collision warning system red warning light might also flash and a tone might be heard at the same time.
The hazards: when the above 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.a vehicle that unexpectedly brakes increases the risk of a crash.
Ford received a report of one accident that could be related to this issue; no injuries were reported.
Affected vehicles: 2015 Ford F-150 trucks built at:
- Dearborn Truck Plant between March 18, 2014 and August 5, 2015, and
- Kansas City Assembly Plant between August 11, 2014 and August 6, 2015
Number of vehicles affected: 36,857 in North America, of which:
- 33,481 are in the United States and federalized territories
- 3,376 are in Canada
The fix: Ford will notify owners, and dealers will reprogram the cruise control module with updated ACC radar software, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin October 19, 2015.
Owners should: owners who wish to know if their vehicle is included in these recalls can visit http://owner.ford.com and click on Safety Recalls at the bottom of the page. On that page, customers can enter their Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) to see any open safety, compliance or emissions recalls, as well as customer satisfaction programs.
- Ford Customer Service: 1-866-436-7332
- FoMoCo Recall Number: 15S29
- NHTSA Toll Free: 1-888-327-4236
- NHTSA (TTY): 1-800-424-9153
- NHTSA Website: www.safecar.gov
- NHTSA Recall Number: 15V614000