United States automaker Ford Motor Co. has plans to fix 17,600 Mercury Milan and Ford Fusion gas-electric hybrids. The fix is because of a software problem that may give drivers the impression that the brakes have failed. Unlike the recent Toyota recall, Ford says that the problem occurs in transition between two braking systems and at no time are drivers without brakes. The decision was made to correct the 2010 model after a test driver for Consumer Reports magazine experienced the problem as he was driving a Fusion Hybrid. A spokesperson for Ford said that the automaker will notify car owners to bring their cars in for the software fix and added that there is no product safety problem with the cars.
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