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DETROIT (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — The U.S. government is investigating complaints that the brakes can fail on Ford’s F-150 pickup truck, one of the most popular vehicles in Texas and the nation.
Ford’s F-Series pickup is the top-selling vehicle in the U.S., and the F-150 accounts for two-thirds of those sales.
The probe covers about 420,000 pickups with 3.5-Liter, six-cylinder engines from the 2013 and 2014 model years, according to documents posted Friday on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s website.
The agency says it has 33 complaints about the problem, including some drivers reporting that the pedals can suddenly go to the floor with a complete loss of braking. Four drivers reported that the problem caused crashes, although there were no injuries. The agency reported that 31 of the complaints from F-150 drivers came in the past year, with 20 in the past seven months.
Some of the drivers reported that mechanics told them brake fluid had leaked from the master cylinder to the brake booster, causing the problem.
Ford said it takes customer safety seriously and will cooperate with the investigation. Trucks with other engines could also be covered by the probe. Ford says F-150s with other engines have the same braking system.
NHTSA investigators will check into how often the problem happens and how large it might be to decide whether a recall is necessary.
It was just last year when the insurance industry gave Ford’s new aluminum-sided F-150 pickup mixed reviews. But the four-door Super Crew version of the 2015 F-150 got top ratings in all five of the crash tests performed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
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