Ford Reportedly Under Federal Investigation Over F-150 Brakes
Ford could be facing some serious legal trouble ahead: the automaker is under investigation by the feds over questions about the brakes on the Ford F-150.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is looking into the loss of braking in the 3.5-liter engine models of the 2015 and 2016 F-150s, as the organization has received no less than 10 reports on the 2015 model and 15 reports on the 2016 model. The reports themselves appear to be pretty damning when taken together. For instance, the 2015 model reportedly suffers from “sudden and complete loss of brake effectiveness, brake warning lamp illumination, and/or low or empty brake fluid level,” which matches with reports that the 2016 model suffers from “sudden and complete loss of brakes without the brake warning lamp illumination and low brake fluid level.”
The NHTSA is looking “to assess the scope, frequency and safety-related consequences of the alleged defect in the subject vehicles,” and while that’s great news for consumers, it could prove to be disastrous for Ford. The F-150 is Ford’s most popular vehicle, and it’s the most popular vehicle in the U.S. overall. To make matters worse, Ford is not only coming fresh off of a terrible August, they’re facing scrutiny over Donald Trump’s claims that Ford is sending American jobs to Mexico. This, coupled with other recent recalls Ford has had to make, this has the potential to be a dangerous hit to Ford’s bottom line.
Of course, Ford is doing its best to remain level-headed about all this, vowing to cooperate fully with the NHTSA.
“We will cooperate with NHTSA on these investigations, as we always do,” said Ford spokeswoman Elizabeth Weigandt in a statement. “Ford is committed to delivering top quality in our vehicles. We continuously evaluate our processes for potential improvements and when the data indicates a safety recall is needed, we move quickly on behalf of our customers.”
We’ll see if this investigation leads to a recall. But, needless to say, Ford could probably use a win after the rough patch they’ve had over the past few months.
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