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Federal Government Investigates Ford amid Brake Failure Reports

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released a statement stating that the agency has now received at least thirty-three (33) consumer complaints alleging brake failure in Ford F-150 pickup trucks.  In response, the NHTSA has announced the commencement of an official investigation. Approximately 420,000 F-150 trucks with the 3.5 liter V6 engine from the 2013-2014 model years may be affected.

Specifically, these complaints assert symptoms of complete brake failure in the trucks, describing situations in which the driver presses the brake pedal to the floor to no effect. Some complaints indicate that the brake warning lamp in the truck became illuminated, signaling the failure. Other complaints state that repair facilities have assessed the issue as one related to brake fluid leaking from the master cylinder to the brake booster.

At this time, there have been no reported injuries related to these complaints of brake failure. One affected F-150 owner has wondered whether someone will have to be “injured or killed” before Ford and the federal government take more proactive measures to rectify the issue. Should the NHTSA find additional cause for concern, the investigation could develop into an “engineering analysis,” at what point a recall would become a possibility. As of yet, no recalls have been issued.

Large corporations often fail to properly respond to safety issues until it’s too late. If you have been injured because of a defective product or because of the negligence of another, do not hesitate to contact one of the experienced attorneys at Swartz & Lynch LLP. You may be entitled to compensation for the injuries you have incurred.

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