Best cover your bases before you get into an accident

The Ford Mustang is the world’s best-selling performance car, but just because it’s popular, that doesn’t mean it’s immune to mechanical issues and the recalls that come after that. Brace for some bad news, then, owners of the 2020 Ford Mustang. There’s a good chance that your muscle car will be recalled after Ford submitted documents to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) saying that more than 38,000 units of the 2020 Mustang could have a defective brake pedal bracket assembly.

The defect is largely contained to Mustangs with automatic transmissions; Mustangs with manual transmissions aren’t affected. It’s a tough blow for owners of 2020 Mustangs that are affected by the recall, especially if you live outside the U.S.

What’s wrong with the 2020 Ford Mustang?

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There’s nothing significantly wrong with the 2020 Ford Mustang, but Ford did discover a defect, specifically in 2020 Mustangs with automatic transmissions, that needs to be addressed.

The issue, according to Ford, is a defective brake pedal bracket assembly, which, if not fixed immediately, could end up fracturing or worse, snapping entirely.

We know how bad things can get with a fractured brake pedal bracket, but if the whole bracket snaps, then say goodbye to your ability to stop your muscle car
Fortunately, 2020 Mustangs that are equipped with manual transmissions are spared from the defect.

How many 2020 Ford Mustangs are affected by the defect?

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In Ford’s document to the NHTSA, the automaker noted that a total of 38,005 Mustang units are affected by the recall.

What the automaker didn’t say is whether all these affected units are in the U.S. Given that there’s only one factory where Ford builds the Mustang — the Flat Rock facility in Michigan — there’s a good chance that a part of the 38,000 affected units is outside of the U.S.

That’s an important point because these models are now out of the reach of the NHTSA’s recall notice. The onus falls on owners of these models to be pro-active in determining if their 2020 Mustangs have defective brake pedal bracket assemblies. So if you’re not living in the U.S. and you own a 2020 Ford Mustang with an automatic transmission, your best bet of finding out whether your muscle car needs to be recalled is to contact your local dealership.

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Affected Mustangs aren’t identified by their VIN numbers, so as long as they were assembled for the 2020 model year, there’s a chance that they need to be looked at.

Take this seriously, folks. Defective brake pedal bracket assemblies are serious problems. Ford said that no accidents or injuries have been reported because of this defect, but you don’t want to be the first number there, too.

Ford Mustang GT specifications
Engine 5.0-liter V-8
Transmission 6-speed manual
Power Output 460 @ 7,500 rpm
Torque 420 lb.-ft. @ 4,600 rpm
Driveline Rear wheel drive
Fuel Economy 15/24/18 City/Hwy/ Combined mpg
0-60 mph 4.2
Top Speed 155 mph

Source: NHTSA

Kirby Garlitos
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Kirby’s first exposure into the world of automobiles happened when he caught Knight Rider on television as a five-year old boy. David Hasselhoff didn’t leave much of an impression on him (that happened later on in Baywatch), but KITT certainly did. To this day, Kirby remains convinced that he will one day own a car with the same ‘spirit’ as the original KITT (not the 2008 monstrosity). He doesn't know when that will be, but until then, he’s committed to expressing his love for KITT, and all cars for that matter, here at TopSpeed.  Read More
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