NHTSA Investigates F-150 Fuel Tanks

Monday, May 9, 2011 - 1:49pm

Federal regulators are expanding an investigation into a fuel-tank problem that could affect millions of older ford f-150 pickup trucks.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is examining about 2.7 million Ford F-150's from the 1997 through 2001 model years.

The agency says steel straps holding up the gas tank can rust and fail, possibly allowing the tank to drop and make contact with the road, resulting in a fire.

At least 243 reports of falling tanks have been reported, with two fires resulting from this.

No injuries have been reported, according to the agency.

Ford says it's cooperating with the investigation.

The NHTSA began a preliminary investigation in September, after receiving 32 complaints.

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