Big emphasis on "could," folks.
Up to 250,000 F-150s could be up for a recall, pending the outcome of an investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The problem is with the electric vacuum assist pump installed in 2011-2012 F-150s packing a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6. When the pump fails the power brakes stop working which means that stopping distance increases. There is no warning given to the driver, which has so far resulted in two accidents. The good news is that no one has been injured.
The bad news is that this could be just the tip of the iceberg as 60 percent of the complaints have come in the past nine months. This is just a preliminary investigation so there's no need for F-150 owners to panic. Still, 250,000 is a lot of trucks so we'll be sure to keep an eye on this story. Quick question: Does Denis Leary know how to fix trucks?