NHTSA expands investigation into 2.7 million F-150 pickups

2006 Ford F-150

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has expanded its probe into 2.7 million Ford F-150 pickups after receiving complaints that fuel tank straps have rusted and failed, adding a risk of a fire. In a notice posted on its website, the NHTSA said that it has upgraded its investigation into 2.7 million units of the 1997-2001 F-150 pickups after going over 300 complaints.

There were two reports of fires one of which leaking fuel ignited but quickly burned out. No injuries have been reported.

“We are aware of the matter and we’re going to continue to cooperate,” said Ford spokesman Wes Sherwood.

NHTSA said it is “upgrading this investigation to further investigate the frequency, severity and scope of this problem.” The upgrade is the next step towards deciding whether Ford will be asked to recall the pickups.

The original investigation opened in September after the NHTSA received 32 complaints.

– By: Omar Rana

Source: Detroit News