Ford Admits Hybrid Brake Problem

Offers a software fix

Ford Motor Co. admitted on Feb. 4 a problem affecting braking in some of its hybrid vehicles, and offered a software fix.

The U.S. automaker said it was offering the fix to owners of 2010-model Ford Fusion Hybrids and Mercury Milan Hybrids to update software of the regenerative brake system.

"We have received reports that some drivers have experienced a different brake feel when the hybrid's unique regenerative brakes switch to conventional hydraulic braking," Ford said.

"While the vehicles maintain full braking capability, customers may initially perceive the condition as loss of brakes."

Copyright Agence France-Presse, 2010

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