The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has launched an investigation into an alleged brake defect on certain Ford Explorer SUVs.
NHTSA's Office of Defects Investigation (ODI) says that it received a complaint from a municipal police fleet reporting failures of front brake jounce hoses in two model year 2015 Ford Explorer Police Interceptor vehicles.
The complainant alleges that failures occurred at low mileages while performing driver training on a closed course which included evasive accident avoidance and pursuit steering maneuvers. According to the complaint, the hose assemblies each failed at the caliper end attachment point where the hose is crimped to the end fitting. The complainant says that the failures resulted in a sudden loss of braking performance.
ODI has opened a preliminary evaluation investigation into the matter to assess the scope, frequency and potential safety-related consequences of the alleged defect.
Upon the conclusion of this preliminary evaluation, ODI will determine whether further investigation into the issue is warranted. If a defect is found to be present, all affected vehicles could be recalled for repair.
An estimated 10,000 Ford Explorer vehicles could be impacted.
The owner complaint mentioned above can be reviewed online at SaferCar.gov using the following identification number: 10705832.