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Ford issues 2 safety recalls affecting more than 600,000 vehicles

Ford Motor Co. issued two separate safety recalls in North America impacting more than 600,000 vehicles, the automaker said Dec. 20.

A recall for select 2006 to 2010 model year Ford Fusion, Mercury Milan and Lincoln MKZ cars was prompted by 15 reports of accidents and two injuries potentially related to a faulty valve. A normally closed valve in the hydraulic control unit in these vehicles might stick open, which could cause extended brake pedal travel and increase the risk of a crash, Ford said.

This recall affects 600,166 vehicles in the U.S. and federal territories that were built at the Hermosillo Assembly Plant from February 2006 to July 2009.

Dealers will inspect the control unit and replace it if necessary.

Another recall affects select 2020 Ford F-150 pickup trucks. The recall involves the spare tire bead area that the company said may have been damaged when it was mounted onto the wheel assembly. Cuts or tears could damage the bead wire, which could corrode over time. If the bead wire separates from corrosion, the tire could quickly lose air pressure and detach from the wheel.

Ford said it is not aware of any accidents or injuries related to this recall, which affects 33 pickups in the U.S. and 51 in Canada. The affected vehicles were built at the Dearborn Truck Plant during Nov. 10-21. Dealers will replace the spare tire.