Ford Motor Company is recalling the 2015 Lincoln MKZ to reduce brightness of Daytime Running Lights (DRLs).
The defect: in affected vehicles, the parking lights do not reduce their light output from a DRL level when used in conjunction with the headlights. As such, the light output may exceed the the permissable amount allowed by Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 108, “Lamps, Reflective Devices, and Associated Equipment.”
The hazards: if the light output is excessive, oncoming traffic may be temporarily blinded, increasing the risk of a crash.
Affected vehicles: 2015 Lincoln MKZ manufactured February 17, 2014 to March 19, 2015 and equipped with daytime running lights (DRL).
Number of vehicles affected: 21,435.
The fix: dealers will update the lighting control software free of charge.
Owners should: Ford has notified owners of the recall, and customers looking to find out if a vehicle is included in this Lincoln recall should visit www.lincoln.com and click on Safety Recalls at the bottom of the page. Customers can then enter their Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) to see any open safety, compliance or emissions recalls, as well as customer satisfaction programs. If the vehicle is part of the recall, customers should take it to a Ford-Lincoln dealer.
The recall began on May 8, 2015. Owners may contact Lincoln customer service with questions by using the following information.
- Lincoln Customer Service: 1-800-521-4140
- Ford-Lincoln Recall Number: 15C02
- NHTSA Toll Free: 1-888-327-4236
- NHTSA (TTY): 1-800-424-9153
- NHTSA Website: www.safecar.gov
- NHTSA Recall Number: 15V248000