Sales of the Ford F150 have started to see an increase, thanks to improvements made to the model, as well as positive consumer confidence. However, all that could soon change, as there is a fear that the F-150 could be recalled following an investigation on 2011-2013 models.
The NHTSA has launched an investigation following several complaints due to a reduction in acceleration on those models mentioned above, which are those supplied with the V6 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine.
Currently there are said to be 400,000 units being evaluated, although Ford has said that this figure will more than likely be around 325,000. It’s as though the Detroit car manufacturer is trying to make the issue sound better than what it is. Okay, so we know that 75,000 is a big discrepancy, but the overall figure is still a cause for concern.
The F150 is a very important model for Ford, as it’s one of their most popular, and so they will want to make certain that if there is an issue they would want to recall and rectify them as soon as possible. The worrying thing is, this power unit is also used in several other Ford vehicles, such as the Explorer, Flex and Taurus.
In all there have been 95 complaints over a loss of acceleration, and many of them were while they were being driven in damp and wet conditions. As you would imagine this could be a serious safety risk, and so a Ford F150 recall is a possibility. Thankfully, there have been no reports of any accidents, although it’s only a matter of time if the issue is not resolved.
While this is only a preliminary evaluation for now, and could be escalated into an engineering analysis, it’s still a long way off a recall.
Thanks to Detroit News.
Should there be a 2011-2013 Ford F150 recall?