The issue: After receiving 35 complaints, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened an investigation to see if brake fluid is leaking from the master cylinders on 2013 and 2014 Ford F-150 pickup trucks.
The complaints involve about 420,000 pickups, all with the 3.5-liter six-cylinder engine. Four accidents have been reported.
The worry is that the brakes won’t stop the truck fast enough if fluid has leaked. In some cases, drivers are alleging that they pushed the brake pedal all the way to the floor and the brakes didn’t work. The master cylinder was low or empty with no sign of leakage, according to a letter from NHTSA to Ford’s automotive safety office.
An investigation can lead to a recall, though a recall has not been ordered yet.
The Basics: Fiat Chrysler is recalling a small batch of 2015 and 2016 Dodge Dart sedans equipped with a 2.0-liter engine and manual transmission for a software issue that could cause an unexpected “torque event”.
The Issue: The issue impacts about 1,200 Dart’s that may have left the factory with improper software for the powertrain control module (PCM). Basically, what that means is that the powertrain control module that monitors the engine torque output may be missing a backup layer of software. So there’s a possibility the engine could turn out more torque than the driver requested, which could lead to an accident.
The Fix: FCA is not aware of any accidents or injuries associated with the issue. Service technicians will install an ECM software update to restore proper function.