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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has begun an investigation of approximately 1.4 million 1996-2001 Ford F-150 pickup trucks after receiving 32 complaints that the straps supporting the fuel tank are prone to corrosion. According to NHTSA, in 28 of the cases, one or both straps broke, causing the fuel tank to drop to the ground, which could result in a fire hazard. [Source: Detroit News]


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      palsgrove
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is normal in ohio. the straps rusted off my 65 chevy when it was 15 years old. the tank rusted out on my 76 chevy truck when it was 8 years old. the front tank rusted out on my92 F-150 when it was 10 years old. the tank rusted out on my 96 bravada when it was 14 years old. I never had any trouble with my 97 F-150. I have a 2002 F-150 I will be checking it the next dry day.
      • 4 Years Ago
      And how many of the affected vehicles had been taken off-road, scratching the protective coating on the straps and accelerating the corrosion?

      Not that I have any idea, but I find it odd that a 15-year old pick-up truck can be subject to federal action on corrosion. I basically expect everything to rust and fall off after 8-10 years in the NE, and any time you get beyond that is gravy.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Oooo... I'll be watching this one. I ordered my '98 4X4 from the factory and it has very little rust under it. It's a garage queen now, but I will still watch this.

      • 4 Years Ago
      What next? Will they start probing Model T's as well?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hmmm, the gasket around the windshield, on our 1969 F250 CrewCab 4x4 is letting water in, when it rains heavily.

      I wonder if I should report this to the NHTSA, and they could open an investigation on this issue. After all, having water going in your face, while driving, is a hazard............. and Ford should have to fix this, on their dime.

      [/sarcasm]

      With 4 numbers after the decimal point, it still didn't register the percentage on my calculator. That would put the likelihood at less than 1/1000 of 1% of a chance of happening. Alrighty.
        • 4 Years Ago
        And we pay these people? Yep.. It's sad.
      • 4 Years Ago
      My wife's 02 Ford Escape (with less than 50K miles) just had one of these gas tank straps break due to corrosion. The dealer is charging us $1K to fix!!! The Ford Motor Company makes me sick! Why is SO hard is for these guys to do the right thing? It blows my mind...this country has lost it way.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Live, not love, although that too.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Like I have said before, this is a waste of time. 32 out of 1.4 million???????? I would say thats a pretty good safety record.
        • 4 Years Ago
        They are really bored...They should focus on bigger issues...32 out of 1.4 million?? you got to be kidding.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Not a waste of time when your gas tank falls off on the freeway going 65 mph with your wife and 2 young children in the truck, and a full tank of gas!
      • 4 Years Ago
      My 97 F-150 is so rusty both leaf spring perches rotted off as well as the fuel tank straps. I live in Cleveland and have washed the truck every winter as often as possible. This is just how it is when there is a lot of salt used to de-ice the roads. No vehicle of this age up here does not have corrosion similar to this.
      • 4 Years Ago
      fuel tank straps? who needs freaking fuel tank straps! lol
      Rebecca Corley
      • 3 Years Ago
      Please everyone whose tank has fallen off, please call nhtsa and file a formal complaint, that is how the recall will happen. Those who already suffered this problem should be reimbursed, but even if they don't get their money back, should be glad to know they won't die in a wreck caused by 1.4 million trucks that could easily explode right in front of you. As for feeling sorry for ford, a 1999 truck isn't that old, they know people drive those trucks till they fall apart, 20 years is common for a truck, the tank straps should have been planned to last at least that long. Besides, replacing the straps is much cheaper than paying for deaths, or as in our case, a new tank and new gas lines too. Ford should just get moving before it blows up in their faces.
      • 4 Years Ago
      10-14 Year old pickup trucks with a possible corrosion issue? When does this transition from a durability to a maintenance issue? Especially in Northern climes. I love in NE Ohio and see plenty of corroded straps and other items on vehicles.
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