Ford Mustang Recall Starts Over a Strange Brake Fluid Sensor Problem
Ford has recalled over 186,000 newer Mustang models concerning a rather unusual issue impacting the coupe’s brake warning system that could result in drivers being unaware their brakes require critical maintenance. Mustangs manufactured between 2019 and 2023 are included in the recall.
The Mustang’s brake warning system indicators may not illuminate
According Ford’s recall, which was issued Oct. 30, 2023, the brake system warning indicator lamp may not illuminate on certain Mustang models when the brake fluid is “depleted from the reservoir.”
As such, these models may not adhere to federal requirements mandated by the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard. The warning light not illuminating could cause the cars to be driven with low brake fluid, “reducing braking performance and increasing the risk of a crash.”
Recall documents show the Body Control Module is responsible for running diagnostics and illuminates the red brake warning indicator when it detects an issue, but the module was updated beginning in 2020 Mustangs and spurred the recall.
The recall impacts 186,934 Mustangs from model years 2020-23 manufactured at Ford’s Flat Rock assembly plant in Michigan.
Letters informing impacted Mustang owners of the recall are expected to be mailed Dec. 4. To remedy the issue, Ford dealers will update the BCM’s software at no cost to owners.
The 2023 Mustang sends off the ‘Stang’s sixth generation
The 2023 Ford Mustang marks the final model of the storied sports car’s sixth generation, or S550, which was introduced for the 2015 model year.
As has become tradition, the 2023 Mustang can be outfitted in several ways, most notably by what’s under the hood.
The EcoBoost Mustang serves as the base model starting at $29,165 MSRP. The entry-level ‘Stang is motivated by a 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder developing 310 horsepower and 350 lb.-ft. of torque. The turbo-four pairs with a standard six-speed manual transmission, though a 10-speed automatic is available.
Some notable features of the 2023 EcoBoost Mustang include a limited-slip rear differential, line lock for drag racing or burnouts, 17-inch wheels, a Wi-Fi hotspot, and the Ford Co-Pilot360 suite of driver aids.
The EcoBoost Premium model, which starts at $34,190, upgrades the model with 18-inch wheels, leather upholstery, an 8-inch touchscreen, heated and ventilated front seats and more.
Either EcoBoost Mustang can also be fitted with the optional 2.3L High Performance Package. This option increases the Mustang’s output to 332 horsepower and includes performance kit like a sport suspension, upgraded brakes, an active exhaust system, paddle shifters for models with an automatic transmission, and other amenities.
The EcoBoost Handling Package includes wider wheels and tires, a Torsen limited-slip differential, an adaptive suspension, and rear spoiler.
Stepping up to the GT trim ($39,740) nets buyers some of the same performance upgrades as the High-Performance Package, but the GT sports a 5.0-liter V8 delivering 450 horsepower and 410 lb.-ft. of torque.
The ultimate performer of the standard Mustang range for 2023 is the Mach 1. The 2023 Mustang Mach 1 is powered by the same 5.0-liter V8, but its horsepower is upped to 470. Additional upgrades include adaptive dampers, performance tires, Brembo brakes, a Torsen limited-slip differential and some creature comforts of the EcoBoost Premium model, like a nine-speaker audio system.