Failure of Master Brake Cylinders in Ford F-150s Could Result in Serious and Fatal Injuries to Owners
Imagine you’re driving to work or bringing your kids to school and suddenly, without notice, you try to slow down or stop, but no matter how hard you push the brake pedal, your pickup doesn’t slow down.
Unfortunately, this isn’t just a hypothetical; it’s a potential safety risk for as many as 420,000 Ford F-150 owners. Why? Because Ford pickups could be equipped with a defective Master Brake Cylinder that fails without any warning or notice to the driver.
As Many as 420,000 Ford F-150s Could be Recalled as a Result of Defective Master Brake Cylinder
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s preliminary investigation into the Ford brake failures, a number of Ford F-150 owners have filed complaints concerning partial or complete brake system failure in 2013 and 2014 Ford F-150 full size pickup trucks with 3.5-liter engines. The report notes that an estimated 420,000 Ford F-150s were sold in the U.S.
The ODI investigation states that “the complaints allege symptoms of brake pedal going to the floor with complete loss of brake effectiveness, brake warning lamp illumination, and/or low or empty master cylinder reservoir fluid level with no visible leakage. Several complaints allege repair facilities diagnosed the problem as brake fluid leaking from the master cylinder to the brake booster.”
More information on the investigation can be found here
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Ford F-150 Owners File Complaints with the National Highway & Traffic Safety Administration:
Ford Pickup Owners Calling for a National Recall
The Ford F-Series pickup is the top-selling vehicle in the United States — and the F-150 accounts for two-thirds of those sales. In 2014 alone, for example, Ford sold 763,402 vehicles, making Ford “the best-selling brand for the fourth consecutive year in a row.”
Complaints from Ford F-150 Owners, however, tell a different story and have resulted in an investigation into the potentially defective Master Brake Cylinders by the US Department of Transportation.
One Ford owner stated the following in a complaint filed with the NHTSA:
“While moving at a slow speed, I pressed the brake pedal and the pedal went all the way to the floor without applying the brakes.”
A driver from Colombus, GA registered a complaint in March after noticing a complete loss of brake fluid:
“I added brake fluid and within 2 minutes it all leaked out, but nothing on the ground…This is the same issue many others have had. Very dangerous, hopefully a recall will be done before someone dies because of it.”
One Ford F-150 owner wrote a letter to the Department of Transportation, asking “how can brakes fail so often without a recall from Ford motor company?”
You can read these and other complaints filed by Ford F-150 and other Ford Pickup truck owners on the NHTSA website.
Ford Pickup Truck Models that May be Equipped with a Defective Master Brake Cylinder
- All Model Year 2013 through 2014 Ford F-150 pickup trucks equipped with 3.5L engines that were manufactured for sale or lease in the United States
- Any other Ford F-150 pickup trucks equipped with brake master cylinder and brake booster assemblies manufactured for use as original equipment or service parts in the United States.
Warning Signs that your Ford Pickup Truck may Experience Brake Loss or a Complete Brake Failure
If you, a friend or family member owns a Ford F-150 or other Ford pickup truck, you should immediately contact your local dealer to determine whether it is subject to a recall. Brake failure in a 5,000 pound vehicle is a serious risk for all drivers and passengers in the vehicle and on the road, which could result in serious and fatal injuries.
Your local dealer should be able to determine if your Ford pickup truck is experiencing brake fluid leaks or equipped with a potentially defective Master Brake Cylinder.
In the meantime, here’s a list of warning signs that indicate that your braking system is likely to fail. If you experience any of these issues, STOP DRIVING YOUR VEHICLE AND CONTACT THE DEALER IMMEDIATELY:
- Your brakes have reduced brake effectiveness
- You notice brake fluid leaking from the master cylinder to the brake booster
- The dash warning lights for low brake fluid is on or was on and then went off without any repairs
- Low or no brake fluid in the reservoir
These serious failures come after what was previously one of the largest automotive recalls in U.S. history: Ford’s recall of 7.9 million vehicles due to faulty ignition switches that caused vehicles to catch fire while sitting in park.
What to Do if you Experienced Brake Failure in a Ford F-15o or other Ford Model Pickup Truck
If you’ve experienced a brake failure or brake loss while driving a Ford pickup, here’s what you need to do to ensure that your vehicle is repaired and that you are compensated for any personal injuries or property damage that you experienced as a result of the braking failure:
- Crash After Brake Failure: if you’ve been involved in a crash that resulted from brake loss, make sure you seek medical attention first, then contact your insurance company to report the incident. Take photos of your vehicle and preserve any other evidence of brake failure so that your claim can be investigated by the insurance company and an experienced Ford Recall Lawyer.
- Reduction in Braking Function: if you’ve noticed a reduction in your Ford’s braking ability before a crash, contact your local dealer immediately so that they can inspect your vehicle and determine if it is subject to a recall.
- Report the Failure to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration: report all Ford brake failures to the NHTSA by clicking here.
- Contact our Experienced Ford Recall Lawyers: preserve your claim and ensure you’re compensated for any injuries or property damage by contacting our experienced Ford Recall Lawyers at 1-888-306-3636 or by clicking here.
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