The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has launched an investigation that covers an estimated 282,000 Ford F-150 pickup trucks after receiving more than two dozen consumer complaints about brake failures. This came just a few months after Ford Motor Co. recalled older models of the popular vehicle for similar issues. The recent investigation stems from 25 complaints that model year 2015 to 2016 F-150s equipped with 3.5L engines can suffer from sudden brake failure. It follows a May recall that addressed front brake loss in model year 2013 to 2014 trucks.
The issues reported, according to NHTSA, seem to differ between the 2015 and 2016 pickup trucks. The 10 complaints about the 2015 F-150s centered on the brake pedal going to the floor with a sudden and total loss of brake effectiveness, brake warning light illumination and low or empty brake fluid level. NHTSA said that those problems are consistent with the May recall of nearly 271,000 trucks based on master cylinders that leak brake fluid into the brake booster, increasing the risk of a crash.
The 15 complaints about the 2016 pickup trucks allege an abrupt and complete loss of brakes without the brake warning lamp coming on and low or empty brake fluid level, but some consumers claim that repair facilities pinpointed master cylinder failure as the problem. NHTSA says no injuries have been reported thus far.
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