Responding to reports from some owners who noted a "different" brake pedal feel as their 2010 Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan Hybrids transitioned from regenerative braking to conventional hydraulic activation, Ford says it will install a software update aimed at improving the driver experience. The Ford statement stressed that despite any change in pedal feedback and/or associated visual dash indicators or audio chimes, the brake systems in both vehicles retain their full effectiveness and anti-lock capability at all times. More importantly, there have been no reports of accidents of injuries related to the condition.
Installing this revised software will change the effective transition threshold to prevent what Ford refers to as "unnecessary" changeovers that have created a condition some drivers perceive as a temporary loss of stopping power. The automaker will send notices to all Fusion and Milan Hybrid owners advising them to contact their local dealers to have the brake software reprogrammed at no charge.