DEARBORN, Michigan — Ford is recalling 270,873 2013-'14 Ford F-150 pickup trucks with 3.5-liter EcoBoost engines in North America and Mexico because of a front-brake problem, the automaker said on Wednesday.
The Ford recall includes 225,012 trucks in the U.S.
"In some vehicles, it is possible brake effectiveness could be reduced due to brake fluid leaking from the brake master cylinder into the brake booster, increasing the risk of a crash," Ford said in a statement. "The brake fluid leak affects brakes to the front wheels only and does not affect rear wheel braking."
Ford said it is aware of allegations of nine accidents with no injuries and one alleged injury involving "interaction with the vehicle's brakes but not associated with any accidents," the company said.
The recall follows a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration investigation into consumer complaints about front brake failures.
NHTSA opened the probe in February after receiving 33 complaints alleging master-cylinder failures in 2013-'14 Ford F-150 trucks.
"The complaints allege symptoms of brake pedal going to the floor with complete loss of brake effectiveness, brake warning lamp illumination, and/or low or empty master cylinder reservoir fluid level with no visible leakage," NHTSA said in its summary of the investigation. "Several complaints allege repair facilities diagnosed the problem as brake fluid leaking from the master cylinder to the brake booster."
The affected trucks were built at Ford's Dearborn Truck Plant from August 1, 2013 through August 22, 2014 and Kansas City Assembly Plant from August 1, 2013 through August 31, 2014.
"We notified our dealers about the safety recall on May 24, 2016," wrote Ford spokeswoman Elizabeth Weigandt in response to a query from Edmunds. "We plan to notify customers by mail by the week of July 11, 2016."
Edmunds says: If you own one of these trucks and have an immediate concern, it's best to contact your Ford dealer now. Others should wait for their official recall notice and then schedule a service appointment.