Ford F150: Investigating possible recall

Ford F150: Investigating possible recall

Following hot on the heels of the recent Ford Windstar recall and also the Mazda and GM recalls, it seems there may be a possible recall for the Ford F150 due to issues with corrosion on the fuel tank straps. The NHTSA is currently investigating the problem concerning Ford F150’s with model years between 1997 and 2001 and if a recalls is decided on it will affect 1.4 million vehicles.

Patrick Rall over on the Examiner tells us that there have been 32 reports where there has been extreme rusting of the metal straps that hold the fuel tank in place. Cases where at least one of the two straps has actually broken occurred in 28 of these reports, however there have not been any reports of injuries or incidents surrounding these cases.

There’s a possibility though that if one strap fails, usually leading to the other breaking as well, that the fuel tank could drop beneath the vehicle posing an obvious risk. However the article on the Examiner also makes the point that most of these kinds of trucks undergo treatment that over time will lead to some rusting of the fuel straps so if the recall goes ahead, how many recalls will also have to be made for other vehicles?

For more on this go to We’ll keep an eye on what happens with this issue and try to keep you informed if an actual recall for Ford 150’s takes place. We’d welcome your thoughts on this so please do feel free to send us your comments.

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  • Daryl

    I have a 1997 F150 and the front strap broke Monday night 09/13/10 and the tank fell to the payment causing a hole to wear in the tank and spilling most of the gas. I had to be towed back to a local garage.

  • Weidman

    I have a 1997 F-150 and my tank strap broke friday night 10/15/10.

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