NHTSA Investigates 400,000 Ford F-150 Trucks for Engine Issues image

The NHTSA opened a preliminary investigation into 400,000 Ford F-150 trucks, due to acceleration issues.

The NHTSA has received until now 95 reports of reduced engine power incidents during hard accelerations in Ford F-150 trucks 2011-2013 model years, all fitted with 3.5L EcoBoost gasoline turbocharged direct injection engines. According to several complaints, the vehicles’ engine power was reduced sharply during hard accelerations on the highway, when drivers attempted to do merging or passing maneuvers.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Ford has issued three technical service bulletins which dealt with intermittent stumble/misfire in some F-150 vehicles, 2011-2012 model year, when accelerating from highway cruise in humid or damp conditions. Although Ford has issued three dealer bulletins since 2012, in which they advise dealerships how to address owner complaints, the automaker has not recalled any vehicle. NHTSA said that no crashes have been reported and that one-third of the reports said incidents occurred while driving in rainy or humid conditions.

“We will be cooperating with NHTSA on this investigation, as we always do,” said Ford spokeswoman Kelli Felker.

This year so far, sales of the F-Series pickups increased 19% and the F-150 has been the best-selling vehicles in the US for the past 31 years. The automaker announced it will add 2,000 workers at its plans in Kansas City to manufacture more F-150 trucks.

Source: The Detroit News