What would you do if you pressed the brakes while approaching an intersection and nothing happened? Even more frightening, imagine if there was cross traffic. This scenario isn’t from a movie. For some owners of 2015 and 2016-year model Ford F-150’s, situations like this have actually happened. Hundreds of F-150 owners have filed reports with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), yet Ford has done nothing. Why won’t the automaker issue a recall?
Could Your Ford F-150 Suffer a Braking Failure?
The reports all detail a very similar situation: The driver of an F-150 sees their brake lights come on and when they press the pedal, it goes to the floor and the truck doesn’t stop. This braking failure can happen at any time at any speed with little warning. It’s no surprise that crashes are being caused by this potential defect.
In Pennsylvania, an F-150 owner reported a braking failure when parking after returning home from a 2-hour trip. Other reports from all over the country detail other braking incidents, some resulting in crashes. When taken to Ford dealerships for repair, technicians often have to replace the vehicle’s master brake cylinder and brake booster. This fix can often cost up to $1,800, which truck owners will have to pay out of their own pockets unless Ford issues a recall.
When news stations asked about why the company has not declared a recall for this brake issue, Ford replied, saying that it is cooperating with NHTSA. However, while Ford owners wait for a fix, more brake failure incidents are increasing the odds that someone will get seriously injured or killed.
If you own a 2015 or 2016 Ford F-150, being prepared for possible braking failures may be your best strategy. For those who think this potential defect may have caused a serious accident, you should consider consulting an attorney to investigate the situation. Here at Eisenberg, Rothweiler, Winkler, Eisenberg & Jeck, P.C. we not only have experience with auto accident cases. We work hard to uncover the truth, and contacting us for a free consultation could be the first step to getting the answers you’ve been searching for.