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Old 02-05-2010, 03:55 AM   #1
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Default Ford to fix software for Ford Fusion and Milan hybrid brakes

FoMoCo announced today that it will ask those who own a 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid and a Mercury Milan Hybrid to bring their cars into dealers to replace software that works in conjunction with the braking system. Ford said that while both models maintain full braking ability, drivers may occasionally experience a strange feeling in the brakes under certain situations (sounds very familiar).

Brakes in hybrids like the Fusion hybrid work a little differently from brakes in most cars. Along with standard brakes, which use friction from pads, the electric-motor in hybrids also help slow down the vehicle. The process helps generate electricity to recharge the batteries.

Ford said that in a few cases the Fusion and Milan Hybrid may bypass the initial “regenerative braking” phase. If that happens, the driver may feel the brake pedal go down farther than usual.

“While the vehicles maintain full braking capability, customers may initially perceive the condition as loss of brakes,” Ford said in a statement.

No injuries related to the issue have been reported, Ford said.
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