This year more than most, it's pleasant when we can string together a few days without word of an automaker or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announcing a bunch of new recalls. It's seemingly been a little quiet on this front lately (barring a spider-related Suzuki issue revealed early today), but now we have word of the government safety agency opening a Preliminary Evaluation into the 2013 Ford Explorer Police Interceptor, a probe that could potentially affect an estimated 20,000 vehicles.

The issue being investigated concerns failures of the front brake hose on the vehicle that show "small splits in the hoses near the body side ferrule of the hose assembly," according to the agency, and the issue could result in longer stopping distances. The feds have reports of 13 malfunctions affecting 11 Explorer units. However, it's important to note that all of the incidents come from a single, unnamed metropolitan police fleet that operates 46 of them. According to The Detroit News, the failures generally took place between December and July.

NHTSA is investigating further to find if this is a more widespread issue than just this one fleet. Ford spokesperson Kelli Felker confirmed to us, "We are cooperating with NHTSA on this investigation, as we always do." Scroll down to read the agency's report.
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INVESTIGATION Subject : Front Brake Hose Failure

Date Investigation Opened: AUG 22, 2014
Date Investigation Closed: Open
NHTSA Action Number: PE14027
Component(s): SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC
All Products Associated with this Investigation
Vehicle Make Mode lModel Year(s)
FORD EXPLORER 2013

Details
Manufacturer: Ford Motor Company
SUMMARY:
ODI received information from a metropolitan police fleet regarding problems with front brake hose ("jounce hose") failures in model year (MY) 2013 Ford Explorer Police Interceptor vehicles (VOQ 10621634). The police department reported 13 brake hose failures involving 11 vehicles from a fleet of 46 MY 2013 Explorer Police Interceptor vehicles. Inspection of the failed hoses showed small splits in the hoses near the body side ferrule of the hose assembly. A preliminary evaluation has been opened to assess the scope, frequency and safety-related consequences of the alleged defect in the subject vehicles.


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      That Guy
      • 5 Months Ago

      That famous Alan Mulally Ford quality strikes again! 

        bullitt2605
        • 5 Months Ago
        @That Guy

        Ah give them a break the Ford haters have had nothing to do lately.

        b.rn
        • 5 Months Ago
        @That Guy

        Take time to read the article and you'll see how minor this is.

          b.rn
          • 5 Months Ago
          @b.rn

          No brake failure was indicated by the article.  In addition, all reports are limited to a single agency.

          This is nothing.

          merlot066
          • 5 Months Ago
          @b.rn

          Guess we need to spell it out for you clquake...

          Cutting your brake lines would render your brakes completely inoperable and send you crashing into a fixed object at 40 MPH.

          This is for a possible problem with small leaks in the brake lines in vehicles from one fleet owner. First, having small splits in the brake line would present with long pedal travel and longer stopping distances which is hardly dangerous unless you're at a racetrack (my mom's brake booster was damaged and was leaking after being in an accident, same effect). Then, in addition to it being much less dramatic than no brakes at all, this problem has so far been isolated to a few vehicles in one fleet.

          This has nothing to do with Alan Mulally or shoddy quality. If you want to look at brake issues head over to the Toyotas with expensive electronic brake system recalls or GM who likes sending vehicles from across their range from the factory without brake pads.

          That Guy
          • 5 Months Ago
          @b.rn

          Yeah,  until the civilian Explorers get on this bbandwagon. 

          merlot066
          • 5 Months Ago
          @b.rn

          Holy overreaction Claquake.
          I never once said that a brake problem isn't dangerous or shouldn't be fixed. However, the details that are available through this article don't warrant a witch hunt for Ford executives or an eradication of every Ford vehicle on earth (as That Guy thinks appropriate). Considering the fact that police vehicles are routinely driven to their limits, if there were a design or manufacturing defect which caused scored brake lines in these vehicles, it would be likely that it would have happened on many more vehicles than just a few in one specific fleet. Nothing can be said for sure until the NHTSA conducts an investigation, but from the information presently available, it would be pretty irrational to assume that these vehicles are screaming metal death traps (personally designed by a greedy incompetent CEO - again going back to That Guy's delusional world).
          As for your personal attack on my character (I don't even own a PlayStation). I didn't let my mom drive around on defective brakes. After getting her car fixed from a three car collision (rear-ended and pushed into the car in front of her by a moron doing 40 MPH and texting) she told me her brakes felt weird. I drove it to the store and felt travel in the pedal but it was perfectly capable of stopping. The next day I drove it to the collision shop and they replaced the booster.
          You can re-imagine me without acne and permanent cheese doodle residue on my "non-controller hand" now or add me on Facebook.

          Enjoy your day, Dick :)

      dukeisduke
      • 5 Months Ago

      A couple of local departments here had Explorer PIs, but recently dumped them for Tahoes.

        bullitt2605
        • 5 Months Ago
        @dukeisduke

        I doubt they dumped them, fleet vehicles are usually run until they are done. But good story.

      BillyM67
      • 5 Months Ago

      I had a 2013 Ford Explorer Limited for about 6 months and it was a beautifully design, but terribly executed SUV. The vehicle had issues on almost all fronts: squeaks and rattles from all areas; front leather seat came undone; chrome painted rims looked great from a distance, but not up close; the cooled front seats had their own compressor, which made them get really cold, but also meant they were very noisy on high or medium; MyFordTouch has a great design, but the screen was slow and would have a major issue of some sort every few weeks; and worst of all was the Ford dealership I took it to for servicing had no idea how to do anything correctly the first time (four visits in six months and still wasn't right). I traded it in for a Toyota, which I've had for three months, and I've no issues at all.

      Fred
      • 5 Months Ago

      Why is Ford trying to kill so many police officers??? Fred Gramcko