Ford is being probed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration over possible brake issues for their F-150 models.
Around 282,000 F-150 vehicles may be affected by this potential problem, more specifically, the 2015 and 2016 models that has a 3.5-liter engine. Owners are filing complaints with the NHTSA and if you’re interested, they can be viewed on Car Complaints
along with other grievances that was not lodged with the safety regulator.
These brake complaints cover a range of problems including a sudden and complete loss of braking power.
One owner from Park Ridge, IL, felt no reduction in speed even when the brake pedal was pressed all the way to the floor. Luckily, there has been no injuries or deaths related to these complaints.
A recall is necessitated when a vehicle or an item of said vehicle does not meet with a Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard, or if there is a safety-related defect in the vehicle. According to the NHSTA
, a safety-related defect includes “any defect in performance, construction, a component, or material of a motor vehicle or motor vehicle equipment.” Failing brakes certainly qualifies, especially if it is as widespread as we are led to believe.
Ford is cooperating with federal safety officials and we’ll have to wait for their final decision.