NHTSA Investigating 2013-2014 Ford F-150 for Brake Failures
As many as 420,000 EcoBoost-Equipped Trucks Could Be Affected
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has opened an investigation into 2013-2014 Ford F-150 trucks equipped with the 3.5L EcoBoost engine after receiving 33 complaints from owners over brake failures. The investigation covers as many as 420,000 trucks or approximately 36 percent of production from the specified timeframe.
Owners have reported complete brake failure, with symptoms such as the brake pedal going to the floor, brake warning-lamp illumination, and a low or empty master cylinder fluid level without visible leakage. Interestingly, most of the complaints received by the agency have come in within the last 12 months, with more than half being received in the last seven months. Four of the complaints allege the issue resulted in a collision. Although all of the reported complaints have been on models equipped with the 3.5L EcoBoost V-6, the brake components in question were used in F-150 models equipped with other engines as well.
An investigation on F-150 brake failures was launched last year specifically citing 2011-2012 models for a separate mechanical issue. That investigation affected approximately 250,000 trucks. Last year, an investigation was opened on Police Interceptor Utility vehicles for brake hose failures under extreme use conditions.