Feb 4, 2010 4:33 PM by Bea Karnes, News First 5
Ford Motor Co. says it will fix 17,600 Mercury Milan and Ford Fusion gas-electric hybrids that can give drivers the impression the brakes have failed.
The automaker says the problem occurs in transition between two braking systems and at no time are drivers without brakes. Ford decided to fix the 2010 model cars after a test driver for Consumer Reports magazine experienced the problem as he was testing a Fusion Hybrid.
Ford spokesman Said Deep says braking power seems to drop away as the car makes a transition from regenerative brakes to the conventional system. Regenerative brakes capture energy from braking to help recharge a hybrid's battery.
Deep says Ford will notify the car owners to bring their cars in for the software fix.