NHTSA Expands Fuel Tank Strap Investigation to 2.7 Million Ford F-150 Trucks
Big sales could mean big recalls for Ford’s best-selling F-150 pickup truck; the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is looking into a corrosion issue on the metal straps holding up the fuel tank of 2.7 million of the trucks form 1997-2001.
1997 to 2001 Ford F-150
The Problem: NHTSA has expanded its investigation of the 1997 to 2001 Ford F-150 pickup to 2.7 million of the trucks for a possible corrosion of the steel straps supporting the fuel tank. If the straps corrode, it could cause the fuel tank to fall and potentially drag on the ground and crack. The damaged tanks may spill fuel, and the dragging tanks could spark and cause a vehicle fire. There have been around 300 complaints on the issue, with 95 complainants reporting fuel leakage and nine of them reporting sparks from the dragging tank.
The Fix: NHTA and Ford have not yet officially recalled the trucks, and are investigating to see if a recall is needed and what the fix would be.
Source: NHTSA, The Detroit News