Ford Motor’s China joint venture is going to recall over half a million vehicles due to brake-related issues, an extra headache for the United States automaker as it deals with increasing challenges in the world’s leading vehicle market.
The recall, which will begin from February 25, is connected to problems with materials utilized for brake hoses that could impact braking ranges, China’s General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine stated on its website.
The watchdog stated Changan Ford, Ford’s automobile joint venture with Chongqing Changan Automobile, would recall 371,371 Mondeo models and 195,796 Edge SUVs.
Ford confirmed the recall was to “correct a concern related to brake hoses on particular Edge and New Mondeo vehicles”.
The recall work would be performed free of charge for customers and must take around two hours, the automaker stated.
The recall follows the unexpected resignation of Ford’s China chief, Jason Luo, this week after only five months at the helm, a departure that throws a spanner in the automaker’s efforts to reverse a sales downturn in the market.
Its China sales moved 6 percent in 2017 against a 3 percent increase for the market in general. Luo was suggested to assist Ford enhance ties with local partners like Changan Automobile.
Toyota Motor, which revealed a 24.5 percent jump in its January China sales on Friday, will likewise recall 181,797 vehicles, the quality watchdog stated.