Hot Topic: F-150 Tanks Vulnerable to Fire

May 09, 2011

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NHTSA said there are two reports of fires. In one, leaking fuel ignited, but quickly burned out. In the other incident, Ford said "the leaking fuel ignited and the … fire destroyed the vehicle." No injuries have been reported.

 

NHTSA said its investigation is focused on the steel straps holding the fuel tank and attaching it to the truck frame, saying it "can corrode and break."

 

If the straps break, the tank might tilt, drop and hit the road, causing a fuel leak. The leaking gasoline can potentially cause a fire, NHTSA said.

 

NHTSA said its investigation "yielded information that strongly suggests the subject defect as the cause of the reported problem."

 

[via The Detroit News]

 

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