DETROIT - The U.S. government is investigating complaints that the brakes can fail on Ford's F-150 pickup truck.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says the probe covers about 420,000 pickups with 3.5-liter engines from the 2013 and 2014 model years.
The agency says it has 33 complaints about the problem, including some drivers reporting that the pedals can suddenly go to the floor with a complete loss of braking. Four drivers reported that the problem caused crashes, although there were no injuries. Some of the drivers reported that mechanics told them brake fluid had leaked from the master cylinder to the brake booster, causing the problem.
Ford said it takes customer safety seriously and will cooperate with the investigation. Trucks with other engines could also be covered by the probe. Ford says F-150s with other engines have the same braking system.
NHTSA investigators will check into how often the problem happens and how large it might be to decide whether a recall is necessary.