Ford F-150 brake failures under investigation by NHTSA

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The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration has started investigating complaints regarding loss of brakes in 2015 and 2016 F-150s. Twenty-five complaints have been made so far by owners of F-150s with the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6. All of the complaints refer to the brake pedal going to the floor and a loss of braking ability. They also all reported low or no brake fluid. One difference is that the 2015 vehicles lit up the brake warning light, while 2016 models didn't. No crashes, injuries or deaths are reported in the complaints.

Just a few months ago, Ford issued a recall for brakes on 2013 and 2014 F-150s with the same engine. The issue was that brake fluid was leaking somewhere between the master cylinder and the brake booster, leading to a loss of front braking power. To fix it, dealers installed new master cylinders. According to NHTSA, some 2016 model-year owners report that their dealers diagnosed faulty master cylinders. That earlier recall involved 271,000 trucks. If the complaints on these newer F-150s leads to another recall, NHTSA estimates 282,000 vehicles would be affected. If you have one of these trucks, no recalls have been made yet. However, you may want to keep a closer eye on your brake fluid level, and if it's low, a trip to the dealer couldn't hurt.

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