The Ford F-150 has been the best-selling truck in America for decades. That's a very big feather in the Blue Oval's cap, but when the truck line is bit by the recall bug, its massive volume can be a very bad thing.

The Detroit News is reporting that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has announced that it has upgraded its investigation into 2.7 million 1997-2001 F-150 pickups for fuel tank straps that have rusted and failed. If the straps rust and fail, NHTSA says there is a chance that the tank could drop and hit the road, causing a fuel leak. Back in September, NHTSA's initial investigation included 1.4 million vehicles.

Of the 339 complaints NHTSA and Ford have received so far, one has resulted in a brief fire that quickly flamed out, while a second complaint lead to a fire that actually destroyed the vehicle. According to the report, there have been a total of nine documented incidents in which fuel has leaked from the tank as a result of a failed tank strap, though there have no injuries linked to these incidents.

For its part, Ford says it is continuing to support NHTSA's investigation. The government safety agency says its investigation has "yielded information that strongly suggests the subject defect as the cause of the reported problem," suggesting a recall may be on the horizon.


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      GeorgeAtha
      • 3 Years Ago
      just wait and see how this is again either GM's or Toyota's fault .... I am just waiting for the comments, that will be a funny read... All jokes aside. It does sound serious and I hope ford will react quickly to get the straps exchanged with better ones ... 2.7 Mil is a quite a number but .. they will manage i hope.
        WillieD
        • 3 Years Ago
        @GeorgeAtha
        Why would anyone say this is GM's or Toyota's fault?
        SloopJohnB
        • 3 Years Ago
        @GeorgeAtha
        It ain't over until it's over...who knows who supplied those straps, perhaps a Chinese supplier? Faked metallurgy and poor supplier quality control, who knows!
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        longducdong
        • 3 Years Ago
        The village idiot hath spoken!
        WillieD
        • 3 Years Ago
        Yeah, that's why our Expedition has over 315,000 miles and it's still running strong. You're a complete idiot.
        The_Zachalope
        • 3 Years Ago
        And that's why my F-150 is at 795,000 miles and has only had the clutch replaced. Meanwhile, my 1500 Silverado is on it's 3rd gearbox and 2nd engine.
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      Klinkster
      • 3 Years Ago
      Interesting how Ford gets a pass from NHSTA and drag their heals for so long on this F-150 defect! And they did the same thing with Ford's F-150 defective Sudden Unintended eXploding Airbags (SUX-A) issue by dragging their heals for well over a year before being forced by NHSTA to issue 2 recalls. Given what other companies have experienced over the past 2 years, this is disgraceful conduct by Ford Motor Co and demonstrates shameful treatment and contempt to Ford's core customer base of truck owners. Ford knows this is a problem but even still chooses not to deal with it even in the face of so much public knowledge about the issue. Where's the pitch forks???
        GeorgeAtha
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Klinkster
        I wonder why so much negative voting on this comment! Are the statements in this comment lies or somehow twisted facts? Nothing like that. All what is said here is correct? Why negative voting? Because your beloved brand is doing what all the other guys are doing but no one slaps them for that?
      Steve Ort
      • 3 Years Ago
      Haha "The tank can fall out and hit the road causing a fuel leak" yeah, just a minor fuel leak.
      SloopJohnB
      • 3 Years Ago
      This BS on fuel tank strap corrosion and failure has been going on for well over 60 years with varying models and makes of cars having the same problem. An NO ONE will permanently solve the problem with stainless steel non corroding straps and fasteners. Purely amazing. Bring on the lawyers. Epic design fail.
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