Ford F150 fuel tank strap investigation expanded
The NHTSA hasn’t indicated exactly what caused the huge spike in 1997-2001 Ford F150 models included in the ongoing investigation, but the federal agency has announced that the scope of this fuel tank strap failure investigation has nearly doubled from their original estimate.
The investigation opened last September, after the NHTSA had received 32 complaints about the straps holding the fuel tank to the chassis rusted to the point of failure. Since then, that number has ballooned to 306 complaints made to both Ford and the NHTSA, causing the agency to expand their investigation. In 243 of the complaints, the fuel tank straps broke and the tank was dragging on the ground under the vehicle and in 95 cases, the dragging and impact caused fuel leakage. Recently, these strap failures have caused two vehicle fires – one of which totally destroyed the vehicle.