Ford F150, Escape investigations closed without additional recalls
The NHTSA had been investigating the 1997 through 2004 Ford F150 pickups over a rash of complaints about the fuel tank straps corroding and breaking – which vastly increases the risks of fire as the fuel tank is left to drag along the ground. In early August, Ford issued a voluntary recall of 1.1 million F150 pickups to address the fuel tank strap issue ahead of any official ruling from the federal safety regulators. There have been instances in the past with other automakers where they issued a recall before the NHTSA made their ruling and once the feds spoke up, the companies were required to amend and expand their recall. However, in light of the Ford fuel tank strap recall issued in August, the NHTSA found no reason to issue any amendment or expansion to that original recall. Click here for more information on the 1997 to 2004 Ford F150 fuel tank strap recall.