Pre-recall Alert: Can your car’s brakes fail? Subaru, Ford, Lexus and Lincoln owners say yes.

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These vehicles haven’t been recalled but some owners say they should be

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) studies consumer complaints as part of its process of asking an automaker to issue a recall. It can be a lengthy process.

ConsumerAffairs studied NHTSA’s database for recent complaints that NHTSA is now examining. In June we found a lot of problems, across multiple manufacturers, with brakes.

Subaru Outback Brake Failure Due to Corroded Junction Box

Multiple complaints have been reported regarding brake failure in various Subaru Outback models due to corrosion in the rear junction box near the fuel tank. This issue has led to brakes giving out without warning, posing a significant safety concern. Although Subaru has issued a recall for this issue in model years 2005 to 2009, the problem persists in later models as well. 

Lexus NX 2016 and 2022 Models Experience Brake Failures

Multiple complaints have been filed regarding brake failures in Lexus NX models from 2016 and 2022. Drivers report that their brakes stop working, feel loose, and require excessive force to slow down the vehicle. This issue poses a significant safety concern as it affects the driver's ability to control the vehicle and prevent collisions. Lexus has not yet issued a recall for the affected models.

2010 Mercury Milan Power Brake Failure Reported

Multiple complaints have been filed regarding the 2010 Mercury Milan, with the most common safety defect being power brake failure. This issue causes the brake pedal to go to the floor, and the vehicle to roll forward and backward while in park. Additionally, ABS warning, trac system warning, and brake service warning lights are illuminated. Other reported issues include fuel propulsion system, suspension, and steering problems in the 2010 Mercury Mariner, but the power brake failure in the Milan poses a greater safety concern.

Brake Issues Plague 2013-2014 Lincoln MKX Models

Multiple complaints have been reported regarding brake issues in 2013-2014 Lincoln MKX models. Drivers have experienced a lack of resistance on the brake pedal, resulting in slow braking and difficulty stopping quickly. In one case, the master cylinder for the brakes failed twice within a short period. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has received at least two complaints related to this issue. 

2013 Ducati Monster Faces Braking Safety Concerns

A common safety defect reported among at least five complaints is related to the 2013 Ducati Motercycle. The issue involves inconsistent braking, extended stopping distance, and an unexpected soft rear brake pedal when applying the brakes. This defect poses a significant safety concern for riders, as it may lead to accidents and injuries. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has assigned the ID 11527630 to this specific issue. 

Fuel leaks, power loss, fire hazard and exploding sunroofs

2007 Pontiac G5 Fuel Leak Poses Safety Concern

A common safety defect reported among at least five complaints is a fuel leak in the 2007 Pontiac G5. The issue appears to be on top of the fuel tank, causing a smell of gas both inside and outside of the vehicle. This defect poses a significant safety concern due to the risk of fire or explosion.

2022 Chrysler Pacifica Minivans Experience Dangerous Power Loss

Multiple complaints have been reported regarding the 2022 Chrysler Pacifica minivans experiencing dangerous power loss while driving, putting drivers and passengers at risk. The issue seems to be related to the vehicle's electrical system and engine, causing the vehicle to stall or lose power unexpectedly. In some cases, drivers had to reboot the 12v system to regain control of the vehicle. This defect has led to near-collisions and poses a significant safety concern. Chrysler has yet to issue a recall for this problem.

Ford Vehicles Experience Sudden Loss of Power Steering

Multiple Ford vehicles have reported a sudden loss of power steering, posing a significant safety concern for drivers. The issue has occurred in various models and years, including the 2013 Ford Escape and 2010 Ford Fusion. Drivers have experienced difficulty controlling their vehicles, increasing the risk of accidents. Despite numerous complaints, Ford has not issued a recall to address the problem. 

2017 Porsche Macan Fuel Injector Connection Poses Fire Hazard

A common safety defect has been reported in at least five complaints regarding the 2017 Porsche Macan. The issue involves the fuel injector connection at the fuel rail, which has been found to spray fuel onto the engine, creating a significant fire hazard. This defect poses a serious safety concern for drivers and passengers of the affected vehicles. It is crucial for owners of the 2017 Porsche Macan to be aware of this issue and take necessary precautions. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is likely to investigate and address this safety defect. 

Sunroof Explosions Reported in 2013 Kia Optima and Soul Models

Several complaints have been filed regarding sunroofs exploding in 2013 Kia Optima and Soul models. Drivers reported hearing a loud noise similar to a gunshot while driving, followed by the sunroof shattering. The sunroofs were less than two years old and showed no prior signs of damage or wear. This safety issue poses a risk to drivers and passengers, as well as other vehicles on the road. 

If you have an issue with one of these vehicles or any other one, NHTSA would like to hear from you. Report the problem here.

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