NHTSA Investigating Engine Malfunction in Ford F-150 Pickups

In Oklahoma, we love our trucks. In fact, the state's own Toby Keith is a self-proclaimed "Ford Truck Man," penning and performing a song for Ford commercials (see video at the bottom of this article). In fact, in 2010 Oklahoma City was ranked 25th on a list of "America's Manliest Cities" as determined by the number of home improvement stores, steak houses, pickup trucks and motorcycles per capita. Now, a federal investigation may reveal that our big trucks may be a little less manly than we thought. [caption id="attachment_2077" align="alignleft" width="300"]oklahoma defective products lawyer Image credit: Lafayette at commons.wikimedia.org[/caption] The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) has launched a preliminary investigation into some 400,000 Ford F-150 pickup trucks after receiving nearly 100 reports that the vehicles lose power during hard acceleration. According to the NHTSA, the affected pickup trucks are equipped with the EcoBoost engine. Reportedly, the trucks suffer from reduced engine power during strong acceleration, such as when passing. Investigators say approximately one-third of the reports of reduced power occurred during rainy or humid weather conditions. Allegedly, Ford was aware of the problem and told dealers how to repair the engine malfunction, but the company did not notify vehicle owners and has not issued a recall. However, the automaker says it is cooperating with the federal investigation. Although no accidents have yet been attributed to the reduction in power, the New York Times reports that one Ford F-150 owner wrote to the company last year, claiming, "Attempting to pass a vehicle accelerating from 55 miles per hour and truck either stutters or stalls. This almost caused a head-on collision. I am scared to pull out in traffic or pass anyone." The investigation follows an NHTSA investigation of 725,000 Ford cars and SUVs earlier this year for problems with the EcoBoost engine. The Ford Escape, Mercury Mariner, Ford Fusion, and Mercury Milan from model years 2009  to 2011 were investigated in February after the safety administration received 1,500 reports of the vehicles losing power and going into "limp home mode." Additionally, other vehicles were reported to have either stalling or surging in the engines with throttles stuck either opened or closed. Three crashes and one injury were reported in association with the vehicle malfunctions. Ford F-150 owners from at least two states have sued the automobile manufacturer. Their lawsuit claims that the EcoBoost engine is a defective product because it loses power during acceleration. Visit the NHTSA online for the latest auto recall and defect news or click here for a searchable database of safety issues associated with vehicles, child restraints, tires, and automotive equipment from SaferCar.gov. http://youtu.be/BhoR9H5XI3c