The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is investigating about 420,000 Ford F-150 pickups over alleged brake failure.
Trucks from the 2013 and 2014 model years equipped with the 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine are included in the investigation, which has been spurred by 33 complaints about the problem.
Some drivers have reported full brake loss even when the pedal is pushed all the way to the floor, while four drivers says the brake problem led to a collision. There have been no injuries reported.
Many of the complaints say that brake fluid leaks from the master cylinder to the brake booster.
The launch of the investigation comes as the pace of complaints has ramped up, with 31 of the complaints coming in the past year, 20 of which came in the past seven months.
NHTSA has requested that Ford deliver all pertinent documents about the brake failure to the agency by April 20. If the brand is late, it will face a fine of up to $35 million. Ford says it is complying with all of NHTSA’s demands.
[Source: Detroit News]
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