U. S. opens probe of Ford F- 150

Los Angeles Times - - HIGHWAY 1 -

U. S. safety reg­u­la­tors are in­ves­ti­gat­ing com­plaints that the power brake as­sist can fail on some Ford F- 150 pickup trucks.

The Na­tional High­way Traf­fic Safety Ad­min­is­tra­tion says the probe cov­ers about 250,000 pick­ups from the 2011 and 2012 model years with 3.5- liter six- cylin­der tur­bocharged en­gines.

The agency says it has 32 com­plaints al­leg­ing that elec­tric vac­uum as­sist pumps can fail, caus­ing loss of power brakes and in­creased brak­ing ef­fort in traf­fic. Two crashes were re­ported but no in­juries.

Ford’s F- Se­ries trucks are the top- selling ve­hi­cles in the U. S.

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