According to The Detroit News, The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration has closed its investigation into 2.7 million Ford pickups for fuel tank straps that may have rusted and failed. Affected models included 1997-2001 F-150, 1997 to 1999 F-250 and 2002 to 2003 Lincoln Blackwood trucks.

A total of 339 complaints were received from Ford and NHTSA, of which there have been nine confirmed cases of straps so deteriorated that the fuel tank completely dislodged and fell to the ground, with many more cases involving at least one failed strap. It seems that road salt and other chemicals used to melt snow and ice were blamed for the corrosion.

In response, Ford issued a recall that covered 1.1 million trucks that were operated in cold-weather states. That action was good enough for government work, says NHTSA, so the case has hereby been closed.


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      Andrew
      • 3 Years Ago
      my nepghew drove one of these, they were pretty awful trucks
        Oceanblue78
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Andrew
        These trucks are actually very good trucks. I still see tons in great shape. It was only the supercab that had the bad crash rating and tht was due to the new 3 and 4 half door craze. Trucks werent really held to high standards for crashworthiness back then. My gpa has passed, but we still have his 02. Its been an excellent truck. These models were light and fast on their feet, not to mention got decent gas mileage. These trucks were tons better than the competition back then. I personally had two a 97 and a 2000. Pretty good trucks.
        dukeisduke
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Andrew
        I don't know about the regular cab or the SuperCrew, but the SuperCab version folded up like a cheap tent. I own an F-150 (a '95), and I wouldn't buy one from that generation. I'd go for a 2004 or later, preferably one of the new ones with the Coyote or EcoBoost engines.
        jonnybimmer
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Andrew
        Agreed. Growing up, we had a ton of F150s around and there was a definite drop in quality from this generation versus the one before. Both this F-150 series and the Expeditions that were based off them; they were just big bubbly pastic pieces of junk.
      fordmatt21
      • 3 Years Ago
      I own one of these trucks and I have to say that they are far from junk. My 2001 currently sits at 223K and I constantly get compliments on how it looks like a new truck; no one believes the mileage. Just about everything on the truck is original, down to the alternator, water pump and even the shocks. Also, my fuel tanks straps are not rusted at all. My truck is far from the exception though, there are thousands upon thousands of trucks from this generation still on the road with this many miles or more!
      • 3 Years Ago
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      tipdrip215
      • 3 Years Ago
      Better not ride behind these on the interstate then. You'll have a gas tank going through your radiator.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @tipdrip215
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          MechE
          • 3 Years Ago
          What does this have to do with Toyota? You sound like a troll and all your comments do is discredit realistic reasons to like domestic brands for their actual pros vs just having a bias against Japanese brands.
      Chris
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is really pretty scary. Why not use straps that wont rust through? I live in Ohio and the winters here call for a lot of salt on the roadways - which causes cars to rust faster. I guess I will think twice before following one of these trucks... - Chris
        carfan
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Chris
        you know what you should really not follow on OHIO roads?! the toyota trucks...I have seen one of these JUNK POS drop one of their spare tyres in front of a passenger car resulting in extensive damage to the passenger car.
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