NHTSA Not Seeking Recall of Ford F-150 EcoBoosts

ford logoU.S. safety regulators have decided against seeking a recall of Ford F-150 pickup trucks after investigating complaints about reduced power in EcoBoost engines.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it closed a probe started in May. It covered nearly 360,000 trucks with 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged engines from the 2011 through 2013 model years.

The agency began investigating after getting complaints that the trucks could lose some of their power during hard acceleration.

Tests by Ford and the government traced the problem to condensation in an air cooler. Water could be pulled into the engine, causing cylinders to misfire.

The tests showed that trucks with the condition would maintain speed and accelerate.

The agency determined that a Ford Motor Co. service bulletin to dealers took care of the problem, so it’s not pursuing a recall.

NHTSA said in documents posted on its website Friday that it received 525 complaints about reduced power, and Ford received 3,731. The agency said not all the complaints were related to the condensation in the air cooler. Many were linked to faulty ignition coils, spark plugs, the catalytic converter and other problems. NHTSA said it has no reports of crashes or injuries due to the problem.

The agency said it will keep monitoring complaints and take further action if needed.

  1. LG Payne 4 years ago

    I leased a new 2013 f150 ecoboost in December 2013. When it had almost 950 miles on it, I was in the process of passing a transport. Thank god it was on a divided 4 lane highway. At about 75 mph, the engine sputtered and I lost all power. I had to slow down to about 40 mph, put the truck in neutral and step on the gas a few times to get power again. During this incident, the engine light came on. Once I regained freeway speed again, the light went out. The truck has not done it again, and I have about 9000 miles on it. This truck is rated to get 29 mpg. I am getting right around 14 mpg. This engine needs to have a full recall before people start getting killed. How Ford are able to sell vehicles with such wild mpg forecasts is criminal. There should be a class action suit against such gross misrepresentation.

    • Jerry 4 years ago

      LG, I am sorry you had the issue but one incident at under 1000 miles, then 8000 more without the issue happening again, doesn’t sound like a problem to me. It’s possible you got some bad fuel. This problem, when it occurs is easily fixable by a Ford dealer under your warranty.

      Next problem: the EPA has NEVER rated the Ecoboost F150 higher than 22 highway. Never. I have NO idea where you got the 29, but that is inaccurate.

      I do appreciate you listening to the show.

      Jerry Reynolds, President
      Car Pro Radio Network

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