The Problem: A fluid leak from the brake master cylinder into the brake booster could reduce brake effectiveness, increasing the risk of a crash. The leaky master cylinder only affects brakes to the front wheels and does not affect rear-wheel braking.
Injuries/Deaths: Ford reports allegations of nine accidents with no injuries. Interestingly, though, there is one alleged injury "involving interaction with the vehicle's brakes but not associated with an accident."
The Fix: Dealers will replace the brake master cylinder and, if necessary, the brake booster.
Additional Information: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration began investigating this problem earlier this year. There are 270,873 vehicles affected. In addition to 225,012 in the United States and federalized territories, there are 43,682 in Canada and 402 in Mexico.
If you own one: Expect to hear from Ford soon. There will be no charge for the service, of course.