US: safety regulators stop probe on Ford F-150 image

Coming very short of an image denting recall, US federal safety regulator NHTSA decided to end a probe, which involved complaints of reduced power in Ford F-150 pickups.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opened an investigation in May 2013 over F-150 pickups from model years 2011 to 2013, around 360,000 units, equipped with the 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine. Ford told the NHTSA that under certain humid and rainy conditions the condensation formed in the twin turbocharged 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine could lead to a misfire in up to three cylinders.

The agency declared to be satisfied with Ford’s solution to the problem, which decided to use a “protective shield” that would stop condensation from forming – with dealers informed of the solution through technical service bulletins.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration probe was prompted by the agency receiving 525 complaints – while Ford stated it also had 3,731 more on the matter and around 19,000 warranty claims that could have involved the issue. The defect was also not related to any accident, injury or fatality.