Ford Motor Co. is recalling nearly 271,000 previous-generation F-150s after a three-month investigation by federal safety regulators into dozens of complaints about front brake failures and nine crashes.
Ford said the problem involves fluid leaking from the master brake cylinder into the brake booster, resulting in reduced braking ability. Some owners who complained said they could not stop even when pressing the brake pedal all the way to the floor. Dealers will replace the master cylinder and, if there are signs of a leak, the booster, Ford said. Ford said it knows of nine crashes potentially linked to the problem but that none caused any injuries. One driver reported being injured while trying to brake but without being involved in a crash, Ford said. The affected vehicles are equipped with a 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine and include 225,012 in the U.S. and 43,682 in Canada. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opened an investigation into 33 complaints of brake failure in February. Since then, 74 more complaints about brake problems on the 2013 and 2014 F-150 have been posted on the agency’s website. more ...
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