Recalls


CampaignManufacturerManufacturing dateType# of units affectedDate Owner notified MfgRecall Initiated byManufacturers of recalled vehicles/productsReport Recieved DateRecord Creation DateRegulation Part NumberFMVSS Number
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC - FOUNDATION COMPONENTS - HOSES, LINES/PIPING, AND FITTINGS
98I001000FORD MOTOR COMPANY I16774205/01/1998ODIFORD MOTOR COMPANY04/07/199806/05/1998
Defect SummaryThis is not a safety recall in accordance with federal regulation 573. however, it is deemed a safety improvement campaign by the agency. ford is initiating an owner notification program for owners of certain 1995-1997 crown victoria model vehicles with police, taxi, and commercial fleet packages and town car vehicles with the livery package. these vehicles may have insufficient clearance between the brake line and the underbody front floor pan assembly which could cause wear of the brake lines.
Consequence SummaryThis could lead to brake fluid loss for the rear brakes and, potentially, increased stopping distances.
Corrective SummaryDealers will inspect the brake lines for wear, install two new tube bundle clips, and check the brake lines for proper clearances. if the brake lines are worn, the damaged section of the brake line will be replaced.
NotesNote:ford has decided to conduct a safety improvement service campaign to inspect the brake lines without charge.owners can contact ford at 1-800-392-3673.

Bulletins


BulletinBulletin dateReplacement BulletinItem no.SummaryAdded
SERVICE BRAKES, AIR - DISC - PADS
BC031197230101/23/199751420Rear brake squeak/groan. *jd06/27/1997
SERVICE BRAKES, AIR - DISC - ROTOR
984503/02/1998601264Availability of hub-mount brake rotor machining equipment. *yc07/15/1998
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC
981201/19/1998605557Experiencing squealing and / or moaning noise from the rear brakes during light to medium brake applications. *tt07/08/1999
985A203/18/1998601001A squealing and / or moaning noise may be heard from the rear brakes during light to medium brake applications. *tt06/17/1998
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC - ANTILOCK
1223012/01/1998615491All vehicles with antilock brake module concerns that require a module replacement, the technician must call for approval before removing and / or replacing the module. *tt01/17/2001
985A603/18/1998601004Some vehicles may cycle when brakes are applied on rough roads or on an incline while making a sharp turn. *yc12/14/2000
985A303/18/1998601002The anti-lock brake system ( abs ) may activate under false abs conditions. *yc06/17/1998
BC031A49702002/01/199751652Inadvertent abs activation on smooth dry pavement. *tw06/27/1997
BC031497020101/02/199751113Inadvertent abs activation on smooth dry pavement. *jd06/27/1997
9521210/01/199546478The use of petroleum-based grease as a lubricant in servicing disc brakes is no longer acceptable because it may be incompatible with the rubber material used in the disc brake system. if petroleum-based grease is used to lubricate any par04/25/1996
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC - FOUNDATION COMPONENTS
9919409/20/19996090082Information for servicing and diagnosing brake vibration, brake inspection, and brake friction material replacement. *tt03/06/2000
985A1103/18/1998601009Service tip information regarding elimination of sanding rotors and drums. *yc06/17/1998
BC0310A9702002/01/199751626Rear brake squeal/groan. *tw06/27/1997
9622210/21/199650941Brakes - elimination of sanding rotors and drums - service tip. *tw06/17/1997
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC - FOUNDATION COMPONENTS - DISC
985A1303/18/1998601012The use of petroleum-based grease as a lubricant in servicing disc brakes is no longer acceptable. *yc06/17/1998
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC - FOUNDATION COMPONENTS - DISC - ROTOR
981401/19/1998605562Subject regarding the availability of hub-mount brake rotor machining equipment. *tt07/09/1999
985A503/18/1998601003Hub-mount brake rotor machining equipment from rotunda is now approved for warranty and service use. *yc06/17/1998
BC969396100110/01/199650551New disc brake rotor covers now being install on the front of vehicles to help prevent corrosion from forming on the rotors during transportation & storage. *tt05/27/1997
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC - POWER ASSIST - VACUUM - HOSES, LINES/PIPING, AND FITTINGS
98B19S108/01/1998609562Owner notification program 98b19-s1 - brake line wear on certain vehicles. correction to original technical instructions regarding diameter of replacement brake lines. yd04/04/2000

Investigations


NHTSA IDManufacturerDate openDate closeSubjectRecall campaign
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC
RQ03004FORD MOTOR COMPANY03/11/200307/25/2003REAR BRAKE LINE FAILURE
 Odi has received 40 complaints alleging rear brake line failure in the subject vehicles, including 8 that have been received this year.an additional 192 reports and 478 warranty claims have been received from ford.a leak in the rear brake line can cause extended stopping distance.a search of odi's complaint database for peer vehicle complaints, using the same brake line failure criteria as for the subject vehicles and the same model years (1995-97), identified only 1 complaint involving general motors caprice/implala/88/98/regal vehicles and only 2 complaints involving chrysler lh-cars.the investigation has been upgraded to an engineering analysis to further evaluate the frequency, scope, and causal factors related to rear brake line failures in the subject vehicle population.
EA03012FORD MOTOR COMPANY07/25/200304/11/2005REAR BRAKE LINE FAILURE05V086000
 In a letter dated february 25, 2005, ford motor company (ford) notified odi that it would be conducting a customer satisfaction program (ford no. 04b26) to correct a rear brake line chafing concern in approximately 44,000 model year (my) 1997 ford crown victoria and grand marquis non-fleet vehicles equipped with electronic traction control that werebuilt after march 19, 1997.these vehicles have an additional rear brake line and a mastic patch causing reduced clearance from a stiffening rib in the floor pan.odi
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC - FLUID
EA03012FORD MOTOR COMPANY07/25/200304/11/2005REAR BRAKE LINE FAILURE05V086000
 In a letter dated february 25, 2005, ford motor company (ford) notified odi that it would be conducting a customer satisfaction program (ford no. 04b26) to correct a rear brake line chafing concern in approximately 44,000 model year (my) 1997 ford crown victoria and grand marquis non-fleet vehicles equipped with electronic traction control that werebuilt after march 19, 1997.these vehicles have an additional rear brake line and a mastic patch causing reduced clearance from a stiffening rib in the floor pan.odi
RQ03004FORD MOTOR COMPANY03/11/200307/25/2003REAR BRAKE LINE FAILURE
 Odi has received 40 complaints alleging rear brake line failure in the subject vehicles, including 8 that have been received this year.an additional 192 reports and 478 warranty claims have been received from ford.a leak in the rear brake line can cause extended stopping distance.a search of odi's complaint database for peer vehicle complaints, using the same brake line failure criteria as for the subject vehicles and the same model years (1995-97), identified only 1 complaint involving general motors caprice/implala/88/98/regal vehicles and only 2 complaints involving chrysler lh-cars.the investigation has been upgraded to an engineering analysis to further evaluate the frequency, scope, and causal factors related to rear brake line failures in the subject vehicle population.
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC - FOUNDATION COMPONENTS
RQ03004FORD MOTOR COMPANY03/11/200307/25/2003REAR BRAKE LINE FAILURE
 Odi has received 40 complaints alleging rear brake line failure in the subject vehicles, including 8 that have been received this year.an additional 192 reports and 478 warranty claims have been received from ford.a leak in the rear brake line can cause extended stopping distance.a search of odi's complaint database for peer vehicle complaints, using the same brake line failure criteria as for the subject vehicles and the same model years (1995-97), identified only 1 complaint involving general motors caprice/implala/88/98/regal vehicles and only 2 complaints involving chrysler lh-cars.the investigation has been upgraded to an engineering analysis to further evaluate the frequency, scope, and causal factors related to rear brake line failures in the subject vehicle population.
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC - FOUNDATION COMPONENTS - HOSES, LINES/PIPING, AND FITTINGS
EA03012FORD MOTOR COMPANY07/25/200304/11/2005REAR BRAKE LINE FAILURE05V086000
 In a letter dated february 25, 2005, ford motor company (ford) notified odi that it would be conducting a customer satisfaction program (ford no. 04b26) to correct a rear brake line chafing concern in approximately 44,000 model year (my) 1997 ford crown victoria and grand marquis non-fleet vehicles equipped with electronic traction control that werebuilt after march 19, 1997.these vehicles have an additional rear brake line and a mastic patch causing reduced clearance from a stiffening rib in the floor pan.odi
RQ03004FORD MOTOR COMPANY03/11/200307/25/2003REAR BRAKE LINE FAILURE
 Odi has received 40 complaints alleging rear brake line failure in the subject vehicles, including 8 that have been received this year.an additional 192 reports and 478 warranty claims have been received from ford.a leak in the rear brake line can cause extended stopping distance.a search of odi's complaint database for peer vehicle complaints, using the same brake line failure criteria as for the subject vehicles and the same model years (1995-97), identified only 1 complaint involving general motors caprice/implala/88/98/regal vehicles and only 2 complaints involving chrysler lh-cars.the investigation has been upgraded to an engineering analysis to further evaluate the frequency, scope, and causal factors related to rear brake line failures in the subject vehicle population.

Consumer Complaints


Fail datemilesoccurencesPurchase date
SERVICE BRAKES, AIR - ANTILOCK
12/02/20021
 Great deal of corrosion spots indicating future points of possible rupture of the metallic brake line and brake failure. had consumer traveled it could have resulted in a major crash. *ak referenced in rq03-004
SERVICE BRAKES, AIR - SUPPLY
11/01/1997201/22/1999
 Idle air control and mass air flow sensor causing vehicle to stall when making turns in front of oncoming traffic. nlm
SERVICE BRAKES, AIR - SUPPLY - HOSES, LINES/PIPING, AND FITTINGS
08/21/200269000112/19/1998
 Sudden loss of brakes, pedal went to the floor. i pulled into a midas brake shop and they put the car in the lift and found that he entire brake line from the left rearwheel crossing over to the rt.rear wheel was corroded and full of pin holes.thiscar was well maintained but this is a problem that would not appear referenced in rq03-004
12/02/20021
 Great deal of corrosion spots indicating future points of possible rupture of the metallic brake line and brake failure. had consumer traveled it could have resulted in a major crash. *ak referenced in rq03-004
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC
07/03/2011101242
 Brakes failed - due to severe corrosion on brake lines (right front). second occurance different brake line(rear). also occured on my neighbors 1996 lincoln town car (rear brake line) both cars are available for inspection. serious accident avoided by using emergency brake.
07/03/2011101242
 Brakes failed - due to severe corrosion on brake lines (right front). second occurance different brake line(rear). also occured on my neighbors 1996 lincoln town car (rear brake line) both cars are available for inspection. serious accident avoided by using emergency brake.
07/03/2011101242
 Brakes failed - due to severe corrosion on brake lines (right front). second occurance different brake line(rear). also occured on my neighbors 1996 lincoln town car (rear brake line) both cars are available for inspection. serious accident avoided by using emergency brake.
07/03/2011101242
 Brakes failed - due to severe corrosion on brake lines (right front). second occurance different brake line(rear). also occured on my neighbors 1996 lincoln town car (rear brake line) both cars are available for inspection. serious accident avoided by using emergency brake.
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC - ANTILOCK
08/21/200269000112/19/1998
 Sudden loss of brakes, pedal went to the floor. i pulled into a midas brake shop and they put the car in the lift and found that he entire brake line from the left rearwheel crossing over to the rt.rear wheel was corroded and full of pin holes.thiscar was well maintained but this is a problem that would not appear referenced in rq03-004
08/03/1999603/01/2098
 No summary listed for above vehicle. *ak
01/11/20010
 Consumer was traveling on highway and was coming towards and intersection, went to apply brakes and there were no brakes. also, there was no steering, forcing him into a guardrail. there were no injuries. *ak
111/01/1995
 Anti lock brakes fail continually.
03/01/1996312/01/1995
 Anti-lock brakes malfunction at low speeds under 15 pmh, causing left brake/right brake to alternate.
20
 Abs brakes do not work properly, when stopping brakes go to the floor.
08/12/1996
 While applying the brakes the abs brakes kick in, and the vehicle will not come to a stop. it seems like the harder driver presses on the brake, the pedal comes back up, preventing the veihcle to come to a stop. this does not happen all the times. *ak
05/01/1996
 The brakes are very noisy.
12/29/1995312/29/1995
 The brakes drag/ pull/ squeak/stick and they are just like rubber when stepping on them, this is on normal road condtions. the system has abs. consumer statess the engine will stop running frequently, dealer states there is not a problem. *slc
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC - ANTILOCK - CONTROL UNIT/MODULE
 Equipped w/abs brakes; wheel sensors changed (6) times and entire brake module replaced. dealership unable to duplicate failure and remedy the condition. vehicle fails to stop with potential to pedal application. please describe details. *ak
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC - FOUNDATION COMPONENTS
02/09/19981
 Brakes failed.
1
 Antilock brakes failed.
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC - FOUNDATION COMPONENTS - DRUM
07/02/1996105/17/1996
 Rear brakes failed.
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC - FOUNDATION COMPONENTS - HOSES, LINES/PIPING, AND FITTINGS
09/15/2007130591112/30/1998
 Brake pedal to the floor while driving in mall parking lot. brake fluid flowing from leak in rusted brake line under body of vehicle at location where attached to frame. found metal brake lines rusty from distribution block in engine compartment to all 4 wheels. fortunately this happened at slow speed, what would have happened if this vehicle failed to stop at a busy intersection?vehicle currently awaiting parts to repair. old parts will be available for inspection. *jb updated 10/10/07 *tr
09/28/2005104000106/09/2002
 Total sudden brake failure on lincoln town car due to rust/corrosion of brake lines. own two other lincoln town cars whose brake lines are also severely rusted. fortunately, failure occurred on my driveway and wreck was avoided. personally replaced worst sections of rear brake lines via bypassing factory installed lines leaving original lines in place. *jb
08/23/2005146400101/18/2003
 Brake line failure due to corroded brake line.
03/08/200581000407/24/1996
 On four separate occasions the consumer experienced a loss of braking due to four different sections of the metal brake line due to exterior corrosion. each time the vehicle was taken to a repair shop to have the brake line replaced. the dealer was notified. *ak the vehicle struck the rear of a utility truck due to the brake failure. the air bag did not deploy. the first failure occurred in 2001. the brake pedal had gone to the floor upon application with no braking effect on either axle. each failure occurred by ruptured steel brake line due to external rust. *sc *jb
10/17/200487110111/12/1996
 A cell phone using driver cut into my lane and i had to hit the brakes hard. there was a sudden loss of braking power but i was able to steer around the suv. my rear steel brake line failed in the area located just in front of the left rear tire. these brake lines are a problem! last summer the same thing happened to my wife's 95 mercury grand marquis. i will have to replace all steel lines as all are rusted. when will fomoco do something about these failures? how many people must get hurt or die? *jb
10/07/200356000110/01/1998
 Vehicle lost brake power while driving 5 to 10 mph. the brake line was corroded. dealer recommended replacing all lines. *ak *jb *nlm
08/21/200269196112/12/1998
 The vehicle experienced sudden brake failure due to significant corrosion of the brake line across the rear. the consumer still has the corroded line in his possession. *ph *nlm *jb
08/01/2002619201
 Ltr fm edward f. harrigan (nj) asking nhtsa to look into a brake line corrosion problem on his 1996 lincoln town car. *mr refer to recall #02v101000. the vehicle experienced sudden brake failure while entering a major interstate. brake fluid was found over the rear housing as a result of pin holes that were in the crossover line from the left to the right wheel cylinders. the brake pedal had gone to the floor very suddenly. (the manufacturer may use a low-carbon steel which was cheaper or alloy or coatings which were readily available but are corrosion proof.) *scc *jb
1
 1996 lincoln town car brake line failure. *mr the consumer found braking fluid all over the rear housing as a result of pin holes that were in the crossover line from the left to the right wheel cylinders. the brake pedal had gone to the floor very suddenly. refer to #02v1001000. *scc *jb referenced in rq03-004
 The brake lines rusted trhough, causing brake failure. dealer has inspected and repaired vehicle. *ak referenced in rq03-004
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC - FOUNDATION COMPONENTS - MASTER CYLINDER
12/17/20031600001
 While driving at 10 mph the consumer applied the brakes and brake pedal went to the floor, brakes failed completely. this resulted in extended stopping distance. consumer had to use the emergency brake to stop. dealer indicated the hose connected to the master cylinder needed to be replaced. *ak
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC - POWER ASSIST - HYDRAULIC - HOSES, LINES/PIPING, AND FITTINGS
12/14/2003160000106/12/2003
 I am reporting a catastrophic brake line safety failure that occurred with my 1996 lincoln town car due to corrosion of a flexible span of the brake line to the abs. fortunately no injuries or damage occurred as i was driving about 10 mph and stopped using the emergency brake. this looks like a recall safety issue. also, according the sheehy ford dealer, the only replacement includes other lines and components at an expense of nearly $500.*ak