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Cruise Control Problems of Ford F-150 - part 1



Ford F-150 owners have reported 491 problems related to cruise control (under the vehicle speed control category).

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2015 Ford F-150 1
Failure Date: 07/10/2016

My girlfriend and I were driving down the highway on a sunny day at around 70 mph. I was using adaptive cruise control. There were other cars on the road, but none within distance to affect my speed/cruise control (they were all way ahead or behind). All of a sudden, for about a half second, my truck flashed the warning light and sound as if I was going to hit something, and it automatically pressed the brake for me. It was very scary and dangerous. Then it came out of the warning and we continued on our way (we were in a bit of shock). I of course turned off the adaptive cruise control so the vehicle was under my complete control. Thinking back, I'm wondering if the shadow from an overpass caused my truck to think there was a vehicle close and an impending crash. Either way, it was very unsafe, and I'm hoping it doesn't happen again to me, or anyone else.

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car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2015 Ford F-150 2
Failure Date: 05/30/2016

While driving on the highway using the adaptive cruise control, the vehicle may falsely detects an obstacle in its path and may unexpectedly apply the brakes. This issue has been addressed by NHTSA campaign number: 15v-614, but my vehicle was not part of the recall. I believe my (and perhaps other peoples) vehicle should have been included in the campaign.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2015 Ford F-150 3
Failure Date: 05/28/2016

While using adaptive cruise control the car will inexplicably break when it sees shadows in the road. Usually happening while traveling under a bridge on highway. Car will drop speed from 70 mph to approximately 40 mph with sudden breaking?.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2016 Ford F-150 4
Failure Date: 05/12/2016

My 2016 F-150 plarinum with adaptive cruise control, runs up behind vehicles on occasions then brakes hard. If the other vehicle is a semi, as you attempt to pass him with adaptive cruise on, the car brakes hard and slows down on occasions. In addition to this problem, on 5 different occasions when coming to a bend in the road, the steering gets very stiff as if the power steering is inoperative. The is very briefly before the steering returns to a very sensitive steering , also very brief. The vehicle at this point is in a under steer condition which it corrects itself. This has occurred at least 6 times. My selling Ford dealer has twice checked the programing with 0 results. No codes- no problems when they test drive it. The vehicle has 3550 miles and I'm getting scared to drive it. This first problem is identical to the 2015 Ford F-150 problem. According to my selling dealer, my vehicle which I purchased 2/19/16 was built towards the end of last year, but my dealer states this has no bearing on my alleged cruise problems. My selling dealer is two rivers Ford in mount juliet, tennessee. An additional vehicle at their dealership has been reported by one of their salesmen to have the same problem to management, and the problem exists today is my understanding. The speed at which these problems arise is varied and on at least one occasion I was almost rear ended by a semi who was coming up behind me when the brakes applied themselves.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2016 Ford F-150 5
Failure Date: 03/11/2016

Adaptive cruise control braking issue. My new 2016 Ford f150 platinum edition pick up truck will automatically brake hard when passing some large trucks while operating in adaptive cruise control. The lane ahead of me was clear with no vehicles in sight in my lane each time this happened. The large trucks I passed were on my right and not in my lane or even close to the lane markers. The large trucks did not have anything hanging over into my lane. These dangerous braking events happened while I was driving on very good dry highways and freeways in arizona. I have no stickers or after market items on my new f150 truck. This hard automatic braking happened to me on four different occasions during the month of March. In each of the four braking events I was traveling between 65 and 75 mph on straight high quality roads in arizona. I was almost rear-ended the last time it happened so I'm no longer using cruise control. As of today 4/8 my truck is at the morgan hill Ford store in morgan hill calif for inspection of this dangerous problem.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2004 Ford F-150 6
Failure Date: 02/08/2016

The contact owns a 2004 Ford F-150. While driving approximately 65 mph with the cruise control activated, the vehicle involuntary accelerated. In addition, the brake system failed. The contact had to switch the vehicle to neutral and the rpms increased. The contact had to pull over to the side of the road to a complete stop. The contact pulled the fuses to the throttle and cruise control. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired and the failure recurred even with the cruise control deactivated. The contact recurred seven other times. The VIN was unknown. The approximate failure mileage was 79,000.

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car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2009 Ford F-150 7
Failure Date: 12/29/2015

Vehicle was motion. Merging onto interstate 93. Depressed the accelerator to bring the vehicle to highway speed. When I took my foot off the accelerator, the pedal did not come back, but rather was stuck wide open. I was forced to pull into the breakdown lane, turn off the engine, put it in neutral and coast to a stop. After about 5 minutes, I restarted the truck and it was fine. This vehicle has the 4. 6l 3-valve per cylinder v-8 engine with an automatic transmission. It does not have cruise control or any power options. I decided to file a complaint about this after reading over 100 reports of this same issue on the internet. The manufacturer denies there is a problem. Something needs to be done to correct this issue before someone gets killed because of it.

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car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2015 Ford F-150 8
Failure Date: 12/18/2015

The contact owns a 2015 Ford F-150. While driving approximately 70 mph, the push start button was touched and the vehicle shut off while still in drive, causing the vehicle to slow down in the middle of traffic. The contact was able to pull over and restart the vehicle. The contact tested the failure at various speeds and the failure recurred. The contact spoke with the dealer who stated that there was no recall related to the failure; however, the dealer also stated that the cruise control needed to reprogrammed and further inspection was needed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 6,000.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2011 Ford F-150 9
Failure Date: 11/26/2015

Tl-the contact owns a 2011 Ford F-150. The contact stated that while driving at 60 mph the cruise control engaged independently. The contact was unable to disengage the cruise control while depressing the brake pedal or pressing the off switch. The contact was able to switch the ignition key to the off position to slow the vehicle. The contact was able to restart the vehicle after several attempts. The contact stated that the failure recurred seven times. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 10,000. Ah.

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car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2015 Ford F-150 10
Failure Date: 11/09/2015

I previously reported that my vehicle had repeated experienced improper activation of the adaptive cruise control (and sometime collision avoidance system) and sudden braking at highway speed when passing certain large trucks. Recently Ford notified me of their (saftey recall) field service action number: 15s29 and on 5 November 2015 I took my truck to my local Ford dealer where they performed the work for recall 15s29. I took my first interstate trip following the repair on 9 November, a total distance of 74 miles, during this trip the adaptive cruise control again activated my brakes one time unexpectedly while passing a large truck. The safety recall repair has not solved the problem with my truck.


 
car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2015 Ford F-150 11
Failure Date: 11/02/2015

The truck's adaptive cruise control system would brake for no apparent reason. I had the issued safety recall performed on the truck Nov 2, 2015. The dealership report said that the recall was performed and working properly. That evening the truck again started breaking for no reason. I had installed a dash cam the Saturday prior to the recall repair. I have video footage of what was going on in front of the truck that caused it to apply the breaks. I had the cruise control set at 51mph, the 2 distance spacing, and the truck slowed it self down to 39 mph then sped back up again. I know I cannot attach a video to this report, but I am have it available to email.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2015 Ford F-150 12
Failure Date: 10/15/2015

When using the adaptive cruise control, and when passing large trucks, the F-150 suddenly brakes as if it were about to crash, yet there is nothing in front of the vehicle. This has occurred 6 times at full highway speeds when passing big trucks that are in in right lane. It is a little scary if someone is tailgating - the good part is that using the accelerator will stop the braking. I took it to dealer and they were clueless. I've only had truck 30 days.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2011 Ford F-150 13
Failure Date: 09/25/2015

The contact owns a 2011 Ford F-150. While driving at various speeds with the cruise control activated, the vehicle independently accelerated in excess of 80 mph. The contact was able to stop the vehicle by shifting into neutral and shutting off the engine. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, but the failure could not be duplicated. The contact stated that the failure recurred on several occasions. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 110,000.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2015 Ford F-150 14
Failure Date: 09/04/2015

When using the adaptive cruise control, and when passing large trucks, the F-150 suddenly and without warning brakes as if it were about to crash, yet there is nothing in front of the vehicle. This has occurred three times at full highway speeds when passing larger vehicles in an inside lane of interstate highways. This sudden and unexpected braking has almost caused three accidents and very nearly caused me to lose control of the vehicle.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2008 Ford F-150 15
Failure Date: 08/21/2015

Sitting in my truck with the key turned or even on idle, the electronics on my dash(radio allumination, trip box, etc. ) will be faded on one side or will be completely faded and I cant see the time, station, gas mileage, etc. From time to time when it does this, my cruise control figure wont show but after a while(10-30 minutes) it will pop up on the cluster. It doesnt matter if its cold out or hot out, idle,running or ignition switched off, it will be faded. Its becoming more of a common thing(daily).

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car image   Cruise Control problem of the 1997 Ford F-150 16
Failure Date: 08/16/2015

On August 16, 2015, my 1997 Ford f150 truck caught fire in my son's driveway while parked. The fire department was called and came out, however my son managed to put out the fire with a garden hose. One of the firemen said it appears to have started with the cruise control switch. The entire cab is burned up; operator and passenger side, dash, steering wheel, seats, windows blown out, etc. It is unrepairable. Since this is an older truck, I had liability insurance only, no comprehensive coverage. Research on the internet tells me this has happened to many Ford owners. Ford should be held accountable, and I am seeking reimbursement for the truck. I have contacted Ford corporation, and they have told me they forwarded the information to the Ford's office of the general counsel. The "affected parts" are many more than is listed. The entire cab was affected by the fire.

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car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2015 Ford F-150 17
Failure Date: 07/02/2015

When passing a semi truck on the left (semi is to the right of me) using the adaptive cruise control function, the truck slammed on its brakes and said collision warning. Car behind me almost rear ended me. This happens intermittently like 6 times in 3 months and only happens when passing a large semi and the semi is to my right. Only happens in day time and even then, only sometimes happens.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2015 Ford F-150 18
Failure Date: 06/13/2015

Adaptive cruise control was set and engaged on vehicle at 75 mph. My vehicle was traveling on inside lane of four lane divided highway and came up on slightly slower vehicle traveling in the same lane at around 70 mph. My vehicle slowed down and tracked the other vehicle for about a mile before coming up on a slower moving tractor trailer truck in the outside lane. As the vehicle in front on my truck passed the tractor trailer on the inside lane, it moved over in front of the tractor trailer to the outside lane to allow me to pass. Instead on speeding up to 75 mph, my truck started to brake before I disengaged the cruise control (around 65 mph). At that time, I was located beside the tractor trailer near the back of the trailer. A vehicle following me had to brake due my truck unexpected braking and slow down.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2004 Ford F-150 19
Failure Date: 06/08/2015

The contact owns a 2004 Ford F-150. The contact stated that the cruise control failed to engage and disengage. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the activation switch needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 67,000.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2015 Ford F-150 20
Failure Date: 06/02/2015

When driving at night in the far left lane going 72 mph with the adaptive cruise control on, the truck randomly slammed on the brakes and the red crash indicator flashed although there was nothing in front of the truck. If someone was behind me, it is likely they would have rear ended my vehicle. There seems to be a defect in the auto cruise control,although Ford believes this behavior is normal.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2002 Ford F-150 21
Failure Date: 05/04/2015

I was driving to the office, and approached a red light so I started slowing down. Once I reached 15 mph my 2002 4. 2 l f150 accelerated extremely high. I was applying the brake but the truck was still slowly moving, so with my foot still on the brake I turned into the office parking lot. I tried to put it in park but it was a struggle, I called my daughter outside when I was in the office parking lot, and she told me the rear tires were spinning. When I finally got it in park I turned the truck off. I gave it approximately one minute and turned the truck back on, and it was still accelerating extremely high so I turned the truck back off so it wouldn't damage my engine. After an hour I turned the truck back on, and the truck was back to normal. After doing a bit of research I saw tons of articles with instances similar to mine, so I disconnected the cruise control switch and took it to the nearest shop.

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car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2004 Ford F-150 22
Failure Date: 04/25/2015

I noticed that the cruise control started shutting off without ever touching the brake pedal or off switch. Then sometimes it would work fine for a few minutes then just shut off. When it does that it will not come back on again till the next day. I then checked the console shifter, I was able to shift of park with out pressing the brake padal and even engine in off position. I am worried that the truck may jump out of park and run off and hit something or someone.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2015 Ford F-150 23
Failure Date: 04/22/2015

The truck is equipped with adaptive cruise control and collision alert systems. Intermittently, when traveling at interstate speeds with the adaptive cruise control activated and passing tractor-trailer sized vehicles, the adaptive cruise control will falsely sense another vehicle directly in front and activate the brake system, resulting in rapid deceleration of the truck and creating the potential for a collision from behind. When the system activates, there are no other vehicles in front of the truck, only in the adjacent lane. This has happened over half a dozen times, and has resulted in near rear-end collisions from vehicles behind the truck because of how rapidly the adaptive cruise control slows the truck. Passengers in the truck have been thrown into their seatbelts from the rapid deceleration of the truck. Luckily no one has been hurt, but this presents an extreme safety problem and has resulted in having to turn off the adaptive cruise control and collision alert systems. Ford has not successfully created a fix for the problem. . Read more...

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2014 Ford F-150 24
Failure Date: 02/24/2015

While traveling to san diego - as we exited off the freeway the cruise control failed to release. Stepping on the brake, turning off the switch did not change the stuck cruise control. We were going 70 mph as we exited and continued at 70 for about 1/2 mile - through 1 stop sign and 3 stop lights before were able to get to a safe place to turn the key off and loose all control of steering of the truck. We turned onto a side street. Turned off the truck 10-15 seconds - upon turning the truck back on it went immediately to 6000 rpm's burning rubber only reason we did not speed out of control again is because had both feet on the brake. Turned truck off again waited 10 minutes - turned it on again - the cruise control had finally released. We drove to the nearest Ford dealership which was 5 miles. They found nothing wrong with the truck - when we returned home we took it to our local dealer where we bought the truck - they found nothing wrong and said to bring it back if it happens again - we may not be alive next time to bring it back!.

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car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2015 Ford F-150 25
Failure Date: 01/05/2015

While the cruise is set and traveling on the interstate, in this case 70mph, when I pass an 18 wheeler the adaptive cruise control senses an imminent collision while passing the 18 wheeler in the left travel lane. The adaptive cruise immediately alerts and engages the brakes. Fortunately, this has not yet resulted in a rear end collision in my case however I'm sure at some point it will with owners of these vehicles. This has happened twice since I purchased the f150 in January(2015) and both occurrences happened while passing a tanker truck specifically and while in the left lane- tanker truck was in the right lane traveling at a slower speed perhaps around 60-65mph. This defect to me appears to be very dangerous because if my f150 engages the brakes for no reason and there were to be cars behind me a rear end accident could likely occur on the interstate. Ford has been very slow in responding to this safety concern and has not came up with a fix for this issue. Many on internet are voicing concern however are told by dealers that the system is functioning as designed and sent on their way.