NHTSA Investigates 2015-2016 Ford F-150 Brakes
Owners Reporting Complete Loss of Braking Power
Even with its ground-up redesign in 2015, the Ford F-150 still seems to be dogged by issues with its braking system. Earlier this year, we reported on a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) investigation into 2013 and 2014 F-150 models equipped with the 3.5L EcoBoost engine, in which the agency received 33 complaints about brake failures. This time, the investigation involves 2015-2016 F-150 models equipped with the same engine. So far, NHTSA has only received 25 complaints. However, the number of affected vehicles could be as high as 282,000.
The complaints allege a complete loss of braking power, with the pedal going to the floor in some cases, and others alleging a failure of the master cylinder. Other symptoms reported include a loss of brake fluid and brake warning lamp illumination. Fortunately, no injuries or crashes have been reported associated with this issue. A recall query has been opened to assess the scope and frequency of the issue to determine whether it requires a full-fledged recall campaign. Ford can also voluntarily announce a recall campaign on its own.
If you own one of these models and have experienced any of these symptoms, you can contact NHTSA at 1-888-327-4236 or fill out the form at odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/VehicleComplaint/.