DETROIT Oct 4 U.S. vehicle safety regulators
have opened an investigation into complaints of brake problems
in an estimated 282,000 recent model year Ford F-150 pickup
trucks, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said
on its website on Tuesday.
There have been 25 consumer complaints that include claims
of "a sudden and complete loss of brakes," the agency said. The
vehicles affected are the 2015 and 2016 model year F-150s that
have 3.5-liter engines.
The F-150 is the best-selling vehicle in North America.
No injuries or accidents have been reported, the NHTSA said.
Ford spokeswoman Elizabeth Weigandt said the company is
cooperating with federal safety officials.
The investigation was one of three opened last Wednesday for
Ford vehicles. Separate investigations into 2011-2013 model year
Edge SUVs and 2010 Fusion sedans were posted on the NHTSA
website on Monday.
(Reporting by Bernie Woodall; Editing by Paul Simao)