Ford Motor Company is recalling about 271,000 2013-14 F-150 pickup trucks with 3.5-liter V-6 engines because the brakes may malfunction, increasing the risk of a crash.
Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one were injured as the result of a Ford F-150 brake failure, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit against Ford Motor Company and our lawyers can help.
Update: Investigators Probe Complaints of More F-150 Brake Failures
October 4, 2016 – U.S. vehicle safety regulators have launched an investigation to determine whether a May recall of Ford F-150 pickup trucks for brake failure should be expanded to include additional models. The probe affects 282,000 Ford F-150 trucks with 3.5-liter, 6-cylinder engines from model years 2015 and 2016. NHTSA says it has received at least 25 customer complaints of sudden brake loss in the vehicles.
What’s the Problem?
May 25, 2016 – Ford said in a press release (PDF) today that the brake master cylinder in the F-150s could leak fluid, causing the front brakes’ effectiveness to be reduced. The rear brakes, which use a separate hydraulic system, would still work, but the front brakes typically provide the majority of the vehicle’s stopping power. Ford said it was aware of at least 9 accidents related to the problem but no injuries.
The automaker said that if an affected F-150 lost too much brake fluid, the truck’s warning lights and chimes would indicate a problem. However, many of the approximately 120 owners who complained to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said it felt as if they had lost all stopping power, and that there was no prior warning.
“The pedal went straight to the floorboard,” said one F-150 owner from Yuma, Arizona. “I had to sharply veer off to the right to avoid slamming into another vehicle.”
NHTSA began investigating brake problems with the vehicles in February. The agency has also received complaints of at least one brake failure on a 2015 and another on a 2016 model F-150, neither of which is affected by the current recall.
The action covers approximately 225,000 vehicles in the U.S., almost 44,000 in Canada, 400 in Mexico and a small number in South America and Europe.
Ford Recalls 830,000 Vehicles to Fix Defective Door Latches
August 5, 2016 – Ford Motor Company yesterday announced the recall of 830,000 cars and vans in the U.S. and Mexico for the replacement of faulty side-door latches, according to Reuters. While drivers may have difficulty shutting doors, doors may also open after having been closed, posing a safety risk. To date, at least one accident which resulted in an injury has been linked to the problem, according to Ford.
Do I Have a Ford F-150 Brake Failure Lawsuit?
The Class Action Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Ford recall lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new brake failure cases in all 50 states.
Free Confidential Case Evaluation: Again, if you were injured as the result of a Ford F-150 brake failure, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.