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Ford Recalls F-150 Pickups to Fix Cruise Control Braking

Sept. 30, 2015
The flaw, which could cause a rear-end crash, affects 37,000 2015 F-150s in North America, most in the United States.

WASHINGTON—Ford Motor Co. recalled on Wednesday some of its new F-150 pickup trucks to fix a cruise control braking problem that could cause a rear-end crash.

Ford said it had received a report of one accident that might be related to the problem but that no injuries were reported. 

The second-largest US automaker recalled nearly 37,000 F-150s, model year 2015, that might be affected in North America, most of them in the United States.

The problem occurs when the F-150 passes a large, highly reflective truck, Ford said. 

The F-150's adaptive cruise control radar can incorrectly identify the truck being passed as being in the F-150's lane of travel. That can trigger warnings and illuminate the brake lights.

"As a result, the vehicle might apply the brakes until the truck is no longer perceived to be in the lane of travel," Ford said, an action that "could increase the risk of a crash involving a vehicle behind the F-150."

Ford said dealers would update the cruise control software in the affected trucks at no cost to the customer.

Copyright Agence France-Presse, 2015

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