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NHTSA Probes Brake Hose Issues On Ford Explorer Police Interceptor


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November 6, 2000
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The Ford Explorer Police Interceptor is the new darling of law enforcement agencies big and small, thanks to its equipment (and perp) carrying abilities, all-wheel drive, and intimidating hugeness. But the police SUV just got a black eye in the form of a federal investigation into its brakes.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened a preliminary investigation into faulty front brake hoses on 2013 model year Explorer Police Interceptors, the AP reports.

One unnamed metro police agency reported to NHTSA that 13 brake hoses failed on 11 of its 46 Ford SUVs. Small splits were seen in the hoses, and the problem could lead to difficulty stopping. However, no crashes or injuries have been reported.

As many as 20,000 Interceptors are being investigated, and it seems the regular civilian Explorer is not affected.

U.S. safety regulators are investigating a complaint that front brake hoses can fail on some Ford Explorer Police Interceptor SUVs.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says the probe covers about 20,000 Explorers from the 2013 model year. Failure can cause increased stopping distances.

An unidentified metropolitan police department complained to the agency that 13 brake hoses failed on 11 of its 45 Explorers. Small splits were found in an inspection of the hoses.

The agency says it's investigating to see how often the problem happens and assess the consequences.

Ford says it's cooperating with the investigation.