NHTSA Closes Ford F-150 Fuel Tank Strap Investigation
The safety body had received a total of 339 complaints, and found that the issue could be serious if the tank dropped out of the trucks, hit the road and caused a leak.
According to The Detroit New, the NHTSA has now closed this the investigation that covered 1997-2001 F-150, 1997 to 1999 F-250 and 2002 to 2003 Lincoln Blackwood trucks. The decision was taken only after the government organization found Ford’s recall that came as a response to be satisfactory.
Ford says that 97 percent of the complaints filed came from states that use road salt during winter, which acts as a corrosive substance for the metal straps.
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service on the emergency hanging up. Nothing got done. Oil leak at 12,000
miles? Fixed temporarily and problem reappeared. Driveline vibration on a
new truck? Dealer said it was normal. Noise in the operation of the heater?
That was not part of Ford's prep on a new vehicle. The price should have
alerted me to the fact that I was buying a lemon. Now, in cold weather, the
starter motor doesn't disengage...an intermittent problem. Am I going to
bring the vehicle in for anything? WHY?...What is the point? I am rock
solid sure that dealers do everything they can to DISCOURAGE buyers
from bringing their vehicles in unless they can financially "rape" them.
All in all, it's like I bought a second hand vehicle, only it was new. It can't
hold a candle to my daughter's 2003 Toyota that has needed only regular
maintenance at 133,000 miles. I should have bought a Tacoma.