Ford is recalling about 200,000 cars to fix an issue that can stop the brake lights from turning off.
Certain 2014/2015 Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ midsize cars as well as some 2015 Mustangs are included in the recall and were sold or registered in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia and Hawaii.
According to the recall, high temperatures and humidity can cause a rubber brake pedal part to disintegrate, keeping the lights on, confusing other drives and increasing the risk of a crash.
Drivers with automatic transmissions also can shift out of “park” gear without having their foot on the brake.
Dealers will replace brake and clutch pedal bumpers. Owners will be notified by mail starting Mar. 3.