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NHTSA Defect Investigations for the 2016 Ford F-150

The Office of Defects Investigations (ODI) is an office within the NHTSA which investigates serious safety problems in the design, construction or performance of vehicles. The NHTSA is authorized to order manufacturers to recall and repair vehicles, if the ODI finds a safety issue. NHTSA investigations for the 2016 Ford F-150, both ongoing and closed, are listed below:

  1. INVESTIGATION: Seatbelt Pretensioner Fire

    NHTSA Preliminary Evaluation #PE18008

    • Status:
    • Date Opened: August 03, 2018
    • Date Closed: N/A
    • Recall: No recall yet

    Component(s): Seat Belts:Pretensioner

    Summary: The Office of Defects Investigation (ODI) has received five Vehicle Owner Questionnaires (VOQs) alleging fires resulting from activation of the ZF TRW or Takata seatbelt pretensioner during a crash in model year 2015-2018 Ford F-150 vehicles. Two fires self-extinguished, while the other three vehicles were totally destroyed by the fire. The sequence of events leading to fire propagating inside the B pillar has not been fully established. A Preliminary Evaluation has been opened to assess the scope, frequency, and safety-related consequence of the alleged defect.The VOQ's associated with the opening of this investigation are: 11078447, 11111822, 11097937,11014688, and 11113160

  2. INVESTIGATION: Brake Failure

    NHTSA Defect Investigation #RQ16001

    • Status:
    • Date Opened: September 28, 2016
    • Date Closed: N/A
    • Recall: No recall yet

    Component(s): Service Brakes
    Service Brakes, Hydraulic
    Service Brakes, Hydraulic:Fluid
    Service Brakes, Hydraulic:Foundation Components:Master Cylinder

    Summary: In May 2016, Ford Motor Company issued a safety recall (16V-345) to address loss of the front brakes in certain model year (MY) 2013 and 2014 Ford F-150 pickup trucks with 3.5L engines (covering those built from August 2013 to August 2014).Ford reported the problem was caused by the loss of brake fluid from the brake master cylinder reservoir into the brake booster, which can lead to visual and audible warnings of low brake fluid level to the operator.This recall was influenced by the Office of Defects Investigation's (ODI) Preliminary Evaluation, PE16-003, that was closed in July 2016.Now ODI has received 25 complaints alleging sudden loss of brakes in MY 2015 and 2016 Ford F-150 trucks equipped with 3.5L engines.There appears to be a difference in the reported symptoms between the complaints on the MY 2015 vehicles (10 reports) and those on the MY 2016 vehicles (15 reports).The MY 2015 complaints allege symptoms of brake pedal going to the floor with sudden and complete loss of brake effectiveness, brake warning lamp illumination, and/or low or empty brake fluid level, which are consistent with the symptoms associated with the aforementioned recall, while the MY 2016 complaints allege a sudden and complete loss of brakes without the brake warning lamp illumination and low brake fluid level.However, some of the MY 2016 complaints allege that repair facilities diagnosed the problem as a failure of the master cylinder.A Recall Query has been opened to assess the scope, frequency and safety-related consequences of the alleged defect in the subject vehicles.The ODI complaints cited above can be viewed at under the following ODI identification numbers:10734951, 10839988, 10862418, 10872737, 10873438, 10876359, 10881590, 10883442, 10885352, 10888026, 10888524, 10891826, 10891829, 10891886, 10893632, 10894688, 10894844, 10896122, 10896446, 10898079, 10899093, 10899198, 10902944, 10903776 and 10904695.

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