US investigating 420,000 Ford F-150s for brake failure

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The U.S. government is investigating reports of brake failure that may affect approximately 420,000 Ford F-150 pickup trucks.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said in a report on its website that it has received 33 consumer complaints and four reports of crashes.

The reports of brake failure apply to 2013 through 2014 year model Ford F-150 full-size pickups with 3.5L engines.

“The complaints allege symptoms of brake pedal going to the floor with complete loss of brake effectiveness, brake warning lamp illumination, and/or low or empty master cylinder reservoir fluid level with no visible leakage,” the report says.

A primary evaluation has been opened to assess the scope, frequency and safety-related consequences of the alleged defect, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.