NHTSA Investigates F-150 Brake Malfunctions

June 26, 2015

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is opening an investigation into 250,000 Ford F-150 pickup trucks for braking problems linked to two crashes, according to the Detroit News.

The investigation covers the 2011-12 F-150 with a 3.5 liter gasoline turbo-direct injection engine and comes as 32 complaints alleging electric vacuum assist pump failures resulting in loss of brake power assist and increased brake pedal effort.

NHTSA said “none of the complaints reported any warning indicators to alert the driver of brake power assist loss or the potential of increased stopping distance. Two reports alleged crashes due to increased brake pedal effort required to stop or slow the vehicle.”