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NHTSA Opens Investsigation On 400,000 F-150 Pickups

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is opening a preliminary investigation into 400,000 of Ford's best-selling F-150 trucks equipped with the 3.5L EcoBoost engine.

According to a news article in the Detroit News, the NHTSA said it received 95 reports of incidents of reduced engine power during hard accelerations in 2011-2013 Ford F-150 models equipped with this engine. According to the article, NHTSA said Ford has issued three technical service bulletins related to intermittent stumble/misfire on acceleration from highway cruise in humid or damp conditions in some of the 2011 and 2012 F-150 vehicles.

Ford has issued three separate dealer bulletins since 2012 advising how to address owner complaints, bugt have not issued a recall. According to the report, NHTSA says that one-third of the reports it has received say the incidents occurred while driving in humid or rainy conditions. Many complaints allege safety concerns associated with overtaking vehicles. A Ford spokeswoman Kelli Felker said the automaker is aware of NHTSA's probe. Read the entire story on the Detroit News Website.

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