The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has announced that it’s proceeding with a deeper investigation into a potential brake defect in more than 250,000 Ford F-150 pickup trucks. This came after NHTSA found hundreds of complaints and thousands of warranty claims related to the problem during a preliminary investigation. Ford Motor Co. provided NHTSA with almost 400 complaints of increased brake pedal effort in 2011-2012 Ford F-150 pickup trucks equipped with 3.5L GTDI engines, resulting in extended stopping distance while in traffic.
This development came after NHTSA decided in late June to take a preliminary look into dozens of separate complaints that it had received related to the problem. Ford also gave the agency information regarding seven incidents of crashes or fires, resulting in one injury, and nearly 6,500 warranty claims, all stemming from the brake pedal issue.
NHTSA said that the problem is caused by corrosion to a standard electric vacuum pump booster, which provides power assist for braking and is intended to provide a “consistent brake pedal feel,” damage that can lead to total loss of electric vacuum pump function.
The second phase investigation, according to NHTSA, will encompass an engineering analysis, which will test the trucks under other operating conditions, such as low-speed driveway braking after a cold start, and possible human contributions to assess the “scope, frequency and safety-related consequences of the alleged defect.”
As you may recall, Ford’s F-150 was the subject of a NHTSA investigation last year over complaints that the truck lost power when accelerating at high speeds, a potential danger when a driver attempts to pass other drivers on a highway. The agency ultimately decided against a recall of 400,000 trucks potentially affected with the problem, after Ford went ahead and addressed the problem on its own.
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