Ford Pickup Safety Concern Under Investigation

By Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
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Zachary Stieber covers U.S. and world news. He is based in Maryland.
May 27, 2013 Updated: July 18, 2015

Ford pickup safety concern: A federal agency is investigating complaints about “sharp reductions” in acceleration in some Ford F-150 pickups.

The allegedly affected pickups were made in 2011, 2012, or 2013, and are equipped with the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 engine.

A Ford spokeswoman, Kelli Felker, wrote in an e-mail that the company was aware of the investigation and would cooperate with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, according to the New York Times.

“Attempting to pass a vehicle accelerating from 55 miles per hour and truck either stutters or stalls,” one owner wrote to the agency in February 2012. “This almost caused a head-on collision. I am scared to pull out in traffic or pass anyone.”

About one-third of the 95 complaints indicate that the incidents happened while people were driving in humid or rainy conditions, a focus of the investigation. No related crashes have been reported to date.

Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber covers U.S. and world news. He is based in Maryland.