Cruise Control Problems of Ford F-150 - part 1

Ford F-150 owners have reported 518 problems related to cruise control (under the vehicle speed control category). The most recently reported issues are listed below. Also please check out the statistics and reliability analysis of Ford F-150 based on all problems reported for the F-150.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2015 Ford F-150 1
Failure Date: 05/02/2018

Adaptive cruise control sensor and braking activate in error when there is a large truck on the side of the vehicle. Vehicle will hard brakes as it thinks the car in front has stopped when there is no car in front of you. It is falsely seeing the truck in the other lane to your side. I had it into Ford for another issue and told them. They said there was "an update" but it is still doing the same thing. This is dangerous as the vehicle slams on the brakes by itself almost causing cars behind you to hit you. The vehicle should not hard brake due to a truck on the side of the car!. Just today my car did it twice on the highway. Once this morning and again on the drive home. I am driving at highway speeds, clear day, I'm in my lane and passing a slower truck on my right and the adaptive cruise braking slams on the brakes. It is intermittent and I'm not sure why its reacting to a large truck that is not in front of me. While it didn't result in a "crash" it could have if the person behind me hadn't been paying attention. This is a serious defect!!.

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car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2016 Ford F-150 2
Failure Date: 04/17/2018

When driving the vehicle on freeways with adaptive cruise control enabled, if the vehicle approaches a vehicle in an adjacent lane (typically a larger vehicle like a truck with a trailer, semi, or tanker) the collision aid activates and heavily applies the brakes. If someone is following close behind me, as has happened in at least 4 instances, the individual will need to stop and make an emergency maneuver to avoid colliding. In both cases, the braking only lasted momentarily but was enough to reduce the vehicles speed 20-30 mph during that time. The vehicle has been inspected by Ford but they have said that there is nothing that they can do. For the time being, we keep this feature disabled until Ford can get this issue resolved. There have been recalls for previous years but ours is not included. Because of this Ford has said there's nothing they can do on multiple attempts to get the problem resolved.

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car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2012 Ford F-150 3
Failure Date: 04/11/2018

When I start the truck I have to let it idle and warm up for about five minutes. If I do not let the truck warm-up and I put it in gear the brake pedal is very firm and the truck will not stop. The brake pedal pulses like the abs system is kicking on but the truck will not stop. Recently, the truck will not stop if cruise control is turned on. If cruise control is on and I push the brake pedal the brake pedal is very firm and cruise control will not turn off and the truck will not slow down. I have to manually turn off cruise control from the steering wheel and then the brakes will work again. I was driving down interstate 44 in oklahoma when I tried to hit the brakes and the truck did not stop. Before I left on the road trip I let the truck warm-up so that the brakes would work when I first left the driveway.

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car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2015 Ford F-150 4
Failure Date: 04/09/2018

Multiple incidents have occurred where adaptive cruise control applies hard deceleration to the vehicle while at highway speeds without warning or without an object in front of the vehicle. Approx travel speed has been 65mph and vehicle collision warning comes on and instantly brakes causing a 10mph or more deceleration. It has happened on curves or when driving near a truck. Recent incident was moving from right lane to the left lane of a highway to pass a truck and another vehicle was following mine. As I approached the tractor portion of the tractor/trailer, my truck braked hard and the vehicle behind me nearly crashed into the back of my vehicle. The other driver wasn't expecting me to brake while passing another vehicle to its left. This has happened multiple times. I have contacted Ford and they admitted that there is a problem with the adaptive cruise system and that it was a safety issue but they had no plans to fix/recall the issue. Question - how many rear impact accidents/incidents/potential incidents will it take for Ford to address this serious unannounced braking issue. It is very unnerving to be driving at highway speed and then to be thrown forward for no reason because your vehicle brakes. Ford did acknowledge that this is a problem and yet does not wish to address it likely until there is death to lawsuit after which it will have been too late for someone. Please exert whatever pressure you can to get verification from Ford and have them address this problem with a recall before someone is killed. Thank you. Highway speed adaptive cruise control on on curves or straight roads near a tractor trailer collision warning/braking/rapid deceleration nearly causing multiple rear end accidents - many incidents Ford verified but refuses to fix.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2017 Ford F-150 5
Failure Date: 03/14/2018

Adaptive cruise control engages brakes for no apparent reason. No traffic or obstacle was in front of my vehicle to cause it to engage the brakes at highway speed of 70mph. Messages as follows: hill descent control warning illuminated causing brakes to engage 3/14/2018. Forward collision warning 3/14/2018. Self-parking feature backed my vehicle into a large boulder beside my truck while parking. If it had been a person beside my truck, they could have been seriously injured or killed. Happened about February 15, 2018.

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car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2012 Ford F-150 6
Failure Date: 01/12/2018

I previously submitted a complaint, but happened to notice that I had a typo on my VIN. I have had multiple experiences with the issue outlined in Ford recall 16s19. Nhtsa case 16v248. I have had the transmission shift gears unexpectedly at low speed while accelerating from a stop. More recently, I have had it down shift at higher speeds(approx 50-70mph). When cruise control is on, it cancels it out automatically. I have had on time when the mil wrench appeared briefly and all numbers on the center screen went to dashes until a restart of the engine. I have spoke to dealers and Ford customer service, and looked on the NHTSA site and all have told me that my VIN is not included in the recall. The recall states the affected dates are February 11,2011 to September 8, 2012 at the dearborn plant. My truck was built on August 2, 2012 at dearborn. I have yet to receive an answer from anyone as to why my truck is not included when it meets the deadline by over a month.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2015 Ford F-150 7
Failure Date: 10/24/2017

Letter from congressman bilirakis on behalf of constituent re 2015 Ford F-150 safety concerns when the cruise control is applied his car would slow down instantly as if the breaks were applied. Updated 11/08/2017.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2015 Ford F-150 8
Failure Date: 10/15/2017

The contact owns a 2015 Ford F-150. While driving with the cruise control set at 75 mph, the vehicle started shaking and the speed reduced to 60 mph. The contact stated that it felt as if the brakes were being applied. The contact depressed the accelerator pedal and the rpms increased, but the vehicle failed to accelerate. The contact pulled the vehicle over and looked under the hood, but no issues were found. The vehicle was able to restart and operated normally. The contact stated that the failure occurred twice while the cruise control was engaged. The vehicle was taken to Ford of port richey (10715 us-19, port richey, FL 34668 (727) 478-0975), but the failure was unable to be duplicated. The manufacturer and a congress member for the state of florida were notified of the failure and a case was opened. The failure mileage was approximately 87,000.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2014 Ford F-150 9
Failure Date: 10/10/2017

Driving at 55 mph in cruise control. Touched brake to disengage cruise control and pressed accelerator pedal to pass a slow vehicle when pedal went to the floor and engine raced. I had to press brakes with all my might to slow vehicle to 45 mph and it kept climbing and pedal would not come up and engine speed would not slow. Pressed off button for cruise control and nothing changed. Finally after 5 miles heard a pop and the pedal came up and engine speed dropped to idle. Could not stop earlier as 2 lane hwy. With no shoulder. Guard rail and river on right and mountain cliffs on left side. Brought to dealer who could find nothing wrong they stated.

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car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2015 Ford F-150 10
Failure Date: 07/05/2017

The adaptive cruise control sometimes thinks there is a vehicle in front of me when there is not and aggressively applies braking.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2003 Ford F-150 11
Failure Date: 05/05/2017

Horn cruise control not working started when driving down the road in town.

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car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2015 Ford F-150 12
Failure Date: 05/02/2017

When using the adaptive cruise control (acc) and passing alongside a semi-truck in the left lane, the system mistakenly detects something that causes it to slam on the brakes and set off the crash warning system. A couple of seconds later it accelerated back to your original speed setting. Brought the truck to 2 Ford dealerships and 1 just set the sensitivity level to low and the other one did an update to the control module. Neither of these has worked and the truck continues to do this. I called the dealership and they said they have no other direction from Ford on how to resolve this issue. This has happened over a dozen times since I have owned the vehicle and it is just a matter of time before this will cause a major accident especially when I have vehicles following behind me alongside a semi.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2015 Ford F-150 13
Failure Date: 05/01/2017

The contact owns a 2015 Ford F-150. While the cruise control was activated, the vehicle braked abruptly. The collision warning indicator illuminated and a chiming sound was heard. The vehicle was taken to a local dealer (watertown Ford located at 1600 9th Ave se watertown, sd 57201) where it was diagnosed, but not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and opened case number: 12350340. The failure mileage was 19,200.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2013 Ford F-150 14
Failure Date: 04/26/2017

Driving on interstate at roughly 70 mph with cruise control engaged, truck lost power and started to coast. Speedometer swept to 0 indicated speed, tachometer indicated engine at idle speed, around 1000 rpm, while coasting from 70 mph slowing to roughly 40 mph. Vehicle regained powered drive briefly then again lost power and coasted. After resuming coasting, the back tires then breifly locked up, vehicle shuddered, then resumed coasting. Extremely dangerous as vehicle being driven in traffic on interstate and became nearly uncontrollable. Explanation from dealer service department was that the wiring harness from transmission to ecu passes through firewall through a grommet that is known to fail. The wiring chafes and causes a short and the transmission to malfunction. Apparently a TSB is issued for repair at customer's expense per dealer but I have not been able to find it. This appears to be a proverbial ticking timebomb for f150 owners and should absolutely be subject to a recall.

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car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2015 Ford F-150 15
Failure Date: 02/09/2017

This is the fourth time I'm reporting this. Although my vehicle should have qualified for Ford's recall 15s29, I was never notified. But I have mentioned it to my dealer 3 or 4 different times. They always tell me there's nothing they can do. So here's the issue. When driving on the highway, my truck thinks I'm going to hit something and the alert lights and sounds come on (and once since I had adaptive cruise control on, it applied the brakes at 70 mph). This is not safe. The dealerships say there is nothing they can do to fix my truck, yet the issue keeps happening.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2016 Ford F-150 16
Failure Date: 01/12/2017

While in motion, the adaptive cruise control and collision warning system will activate and apply the brakes with force for no reason. At 70 mph, this is quite dangerous and has almost caused several accidents. I have since deactivated the adaptive cruise. The same issue occurred with a 2015 model I had and was never fixed by Ford.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2015 Ford F-150 17
Failure Date: 12/20/2016

This is a work truck driven by several people. Vehicle will sometimes keep accelerating without pedal being depressed. Also will not disengage cruise control. Have to shift to neutral and wait a few seconds for engine rpm to lower. Check engine light doesn't come on. Has been to Ford dealer on 12/05/16 and 12/20/16-1/10/17. They said they couldn't replicate problem.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2014 Ford F-150 18
Failure Date: 11/21/2016

The operator called and informed us that the vehicle acted like it wouldn't accelerate. When he stomped down on the pedal the vehicle went full acceleration and stayed there. Hitting the brakes didn't help. The cruise control was on but not set. He tried pulling up on the pedal, turning off cruise and killed truck and restarted to max acceleration, killed the engine, restarted and it reset and went to working. We have no codes, inspected throttle body and cleaned, inspected wiring and app operation, other than graph signals were choppy and not fairly smooth (no diagnosis).

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2015 Ford F-150 19
Failure Date: 11/19/2016

The adaptive cruise control was updated when the recall was issued but still exhibits the problem of slamming on the brakes when passing a semi. The problem is actually getting worse, and happens more frequently. It now happens when going under a bridge. I have had it to 2 different dealers and contacted Ford and they all tell me that there are no computer error codes therefore it didn't happen. They also tell me that there is no recall because I already had the recall service performed. This truck is not safe, it will kill me or whoever is unlucky enough to be following me. Ford doesn't seem to care because they have already performed the recall service.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2015 Ford F-150 20
Failure Date: 11/01/2016

Adaptive cruise control periodically detects a truck in the right as being in front of me. It activates the brakes to avoid a assumed collision even though the lane is clear ahead. The brakes have, on occasion, be applied automatically in a very strong manner. I am afraid that this condition can lead to someone rear ending my truck. The dealer could not confirm any issues, however it has happened own occasion since new.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2015 Ford F-150 21
Failure Date: 11/01/2016

My adaptive cruise control system has been updated according to the recall that was issued but I still have the same issue with the truck slamming on the brakes when passing a semi-truck.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2015 Ford F-150 22
Failure Date: 10/09/2016

My fiancée and I were driving down the highway, with no cruise control on, and suddenly my sensors go off as if I was about to hit something. Then after a second (probably was only a split-second, but it felt like forever), it went away. If adaptive cruise control would have been enabled, this would have caused the brakes to automatically press (I know because this has happened to me before). I was passing a semi, if that helps. This is a very dangerous issue (sensors thinking they are going to hit something, when it should be nothing). I wish I had a video of it happening, but it only has happened 3 times for at most 3 seconds in the the 1. 5 years I have owned the vehicle.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2015 Ford F-150 23
Failure Date: 09/28/2016

I was driving down the highway, with no cruise control on, and suddenly my sensors go off as if I was about to hit something. Then after a second (probably was only a split-second, but it felt like forever), it went away. If adaptive cruise control would have been enabled, this would have caused the brakes to automatically press (I know because this has happened to me before). This is a very dangerous issue (sensors thinking they are going to hit something, when it should be nothing). I wish I had a video of it happening, but it only has happened 3 times for at most 3 seconds in the the 1. 5 years I have owned the vehicle.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2015 Ford F-150 24
Failure Date: 08/24/2016

Despite being in the dealers repair shop for warranty work for 33 days including a factory recall on the adaptive cruise control, the unit continues to malfunction. The latest event occurred on August 24, 2016 while traveling at 77mph with the adaptive cruise control engaged. Without warning or cause the collision control system fully deployed to include hard braking, windshield warning lights, instrument cluster warning, and audible warning. Result is that the vehicle dramatically slows very quickly creating a potentially major problem if there were vehicles following closely behind. This in addition to the sudden nature of the warning and vehicle "take over" by the system could cause momentary driver panic! dealer has stated a willingness to work on the vehicle again, but says they can only re-do what they have already done multiple times.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2015 Ford F-150 25
Failure Date: 08/05/2016

Vehicle brakes suddenly when on adaptive cruise control, particularly near semis hauling containers. Vehicle was recalled for this previously and still exhibits unsafe braking at highway speeds.


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