Transport Canada identifies brake safety issue with certain Ford F-150 models

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Minister Garneau concerned evidence shows recall required, seeks public input

November 4, 2016 – Ottawa, Ontario – Transport Canada

Canadians expect the vehicles they use to drive their families around and commute to and from work to be safe and defect free. That's why the Government of Canada doesn't hesitate to act when we identify a safety concern.

The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, is advising the public of an issue with the brake vacuum assist system in certain Ford F-150 models and is seeking the public's input. Transport Canada received over 100 consumer complaints involving a failed electric vacuum pump in the power brake system, which may result in an unexpected, longer stopping distance.

Following an investigation, the department determined that 2011 and 2012 F-150 trucks equipped with a 3.5L EcoBoost engine contain a defect in the pump. Transport Canada has communicated its findings to the manufacturer. After reviewing additional feedback from Canadians on the affected vehicle models, the Minister will make a final determination on whether Ford Motor Company of Canada will be ordered to issue a notice of safety defect (recall) to all owners of affected vehicles.

To protect the safety of Canadians, Transport Canada will continue to monitor this issue closely and provide updates as new information becomes available.


"Having reviewed the evidence, I've made a preliminary determination that there is a safety defect with the brake vacuum assist system on certain F-150 trucks. I am disappointed that Ford disagrees with our assessment, and that is why I'm inviting Canadians who have experienced these issues to provide feedback that will help me make my final decision on ordering a notice of safety defect. I expect all manufacturers to live up to the high standards we have set for Canadian vehicles in order to make our roads the safest in the world."
The Honourable Marc Garneau
Minister of Transport

Quick Facts

  • Interested parties can submit their feedback to the department by November 18, 2016 at:
  • In 2014, legislative changes were made to the Motor Vehicle Safety Act to provide the Minister with the power to order companies to issue a Notice of Safety Defect or Non-Compliance (recall notice) to owners in order to keep Canadians informed of issues with their vehicles. These changes came into force on May 15, 2015.
  • Canadians can find out if their vehicle has been recalled by visiting or by contacting their vehicle manufacturer or dealer.

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Delphine Denis
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Marc Garneau
Minister of Transport, Ottawa

Media Relations
Transport Canada, Ottawa

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