The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced the voluntary recall of 244,530 vehicles by the Ford Motor Company due to a braking system defect which could leak brake fluid onto the antilock brake system (ABS) module wiring harness connector. This leak could cause corrosion, and possibly result in melting, smoke, or fire.
The affected vehicles are equipped with a brake master cylinder reservoir cap that could leak brake fluid and include model year 2001 and 2002 Ford Escape SUVs that were manufactured from October 22, 1999 through July 19, 2002.
Owners of the recalled vehicles should expect to be notified by Ford beginning the week of January 23, 2012. Dealers will modify the ABS electrical system and replace the brake master cylinder reservoir cap; however, due to a delay in securing parts, the repairs may also be delayed. In that case, owners will be instructed to park their vehicles outside until the necessary parts are available. For additional information, owners may call Ford at (866) 436-7332. The recall campaign number is 07V-156.
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