WASHIINGTON (May 21, 2008) — Ford Motor Co. is voluntarily recalling more than 655,000 Ford F-150 pickup trucks, model years 2005 and 2006, for potential brake hose problems.
Ford told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that the brake booster vacuum supply hoses attached to the intake manifold fittings could swell over time and lose retention force, causing the hoses to become detached during an intake manifold backfire. Reduced vehicle braking could result, the company said.
According to the NHTSA Web site, a total of 605,684 trucks are involved in the recall in the U.S. The agency said it investigated 4,842 reports of detached brake booster hoses, 11 of which resulted in low-speed accidents that caused no injuries.
Ford also will recall about 50,000 F-150 trucks in Canada for the same problem, according to Ford spokespersons. The company plans to notify dealers of the recall June 30 and mail owner notification letters between July 7 and Aug. 1. It will replace the defective hoses free of charge.