Super Duty Ford Truck Stalling Problems Result in NHTSA Probe

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has opened an investigation into reports of problems with roughly 200,000 Ford Super Duty trucks, which may unexpectedly lose all throttle response and stall, posing a crash hazard. 

The NHTSA Office of Defects Investigation announced the Ford Super Duty probe on January 13, 2015, according to a report by Bloomberg News, which will review potential problems with Ford F-250, F-350, F450, and F-550 trucks.

At least 30 consumer complaints have been received that indicate vehicles shutdown while idling or driving, and would not restart, leaving the drivers stranded in the middle of roadways and busy highways. While no injuries have been reported in connection with the Ford truck stalling problems, this may pose a serious risk of accidents.

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The Ford Super Duty vehicles are being investigated by the ODI to determine whether Ford Motor Company went far enough with a pickup truck recall issued in October 2013, which involved a similar stalling issue. The ODI’s preliminary investigation has pinpointed that the vehicles poses an exhaust-gas sensor behind the diesel particulate filter in the truck’s exhaust system that may malfunction and lead to warnings and sudden engine shutdowns. The investigation will seek to determine the scope and seriousness of the issue and report to Ford Motor Company on whether a recall is necessary.

According to the NHTSA, one truck owner reported the vehicle displayed a “Stop Safely Now” warning light on the dash right before the truck lost all throttle response. The owner reported the vehicle had to be towed away because it was a programming issue alone that prevented the truck from moving. The owner asked the NHTSA what if he had broken down on a railroad grade crossing.

The vehicles being investigated are the 2011 through 2012 Ford F-250, F-350, F450, and F-550 Super Duty trucks equipped with 6.7 Liter turbo-diesel engines.

According to the NHTSA, the vehicles having the sudden stall issue pose a serious problem due to the common use of larger and more powerful Super Duty trucks. Many Super Duty vehicles are used by businesses to haul large loads which could cause an increased road hazard if the vehicles suddenly stall and block roadways. Moreover, the NHTSA has received reports that as many as 3,000 of the potentially defective Super Duty vehicles were purchased to be customized as ambulances. Stall and no restart issues in ambulances could certain increase risk of injuries to patients requiring immediate medical attention.

Ford spokeswoman, Kelli Felker, reported that the company would cooperate with the NHTSA and ODI throughout the investigation. Ford announced that any mandatory recall or corrective action will be handled promptly if necessary and customers would be notified.

19 Comments

  • DianeOctober 23, 2022 at 7:03 pm

    I have a 2012 F250 gas 84,000 miles bought used. It stalls when I take my foot off the gas to stop or take a turn. Have put lots of $$$$ into repairs trying to fix the issue with no luck. Hate to drive it due to potential for accident. Engine light came on yesterday again...last time code indicated camshaft position sensor....replace 2 on my truck...didn't work. Goes back to garage tomorrow. Very[Show More]I have a 2012 F250 gas 84,000 miles bought used. It stalls when I take my foot off the gas to stop or take a turn. Have put lots of $$$$ into repairs trying to fix the issue with no luck. Hate to drive it due to potential for accident. Engine light came on yesterday again...last time code indicated camshaft position sensor....replace 2 on my truck...didn't work. Goes back to garage tomorrow. Very frustrating.

  • MikeMarch 18, 2022 at 10:47 am

    2016 Ford F350 6.7 Diesel doing the hesitating and stalling, had multiple repairs as mentioned by previous complaints above. Still having problems without any answers. Someone is going to be hurt by this problem. I've asked some Ford engineers for help, dealerships, and local mechanics. No one is able to figure out this problem. We've tried everything under the sun it seems, thousands o[Show More]2016 Ford F350 6.7 Diesel doing the hesitating and stalling, had multiple repairs as mentioned by previous complaints above. Still having problems without any answers. Someone is going to be hurt by this problem. I've asked some Ford engineers for help, dealerships, and local mechanics. No one is able to figure out this problem. We've tried everything under the sun it seems, thousands of dollars in repairs, and still having problems. Codes don't pop up, and if a code does happen to pop up, it doesn't solve the problem. Never happened until the last year or so, frustrating now that it's almost paid in full this happens.

  • BenjaminMarch 2, 2022 at 11:16 pm

    I have a 2006 F350 with 6.0 power stroke that stalls while driving on highways. Come to find out that this is something Ford Motor Co. knows all about since this engine was put on the market in their trucks and they still can’t come up with a solution to fix the problem. I have put thousands of dollars into my truck at Ford dealership garage and still have same problem. Every time I have it in ga[Show More]I have a 2006 F350 with 6.0 power stroke that stalls while driving on highways. Come to find out that this is something Ford Motor Co. knows all about since this engine was put on the market in their trucks and they still can’t come up with a solution to fix the problem. I have put thousands of dollars into my truck at Ford dealership garage and still have same problem. Every time I have it in garage they say it was something else that caused it to stall. Another astronomical bill and away we go and then the truck starts stalling again. Back to Ford garage and now truck needs other parts they say are the problem. There’s no end and I’m in so deep now that I can’t trade it because of it’s past problems. I’m have afraid to tow my 5 th wheel because of possible stalling and not being able to control truck without power steering and brakes. I need help but Ford garage just keeps charging me more money and never fixing the problem. WHAT SHOULD I DO? HELP!!!!!🤔😢😢🤮

  • MONAJuly 17, 2021 at 10:10 pm

    We have a 2018 Ford 250 diesel used for business that does the same thing. It had been in and out of the Ford dealership for months. It still isn’t fixed. We are very much concerned about safety issues. I don’t believe it is a dealership problem as much as Ford is putting out a defective product & they know it.

  • RaquelMay 6, 2021 at 2:32 pm

    I own a new 2019 F250 6.7 diesel.about 4 months ago. For about the last 6 months they truck will completely shut off going full speed 70 mph on the freeway. When it dies the screen says "reduce engine power", “move to neutral to restart engine.” The truck loses all power going at a very high rate of speed. I dropped the truck off at dealership, paid $3100.00 to replace the high pressure fuel p[Show More]I own a new 2019 F250 6.7 diesel.about 4 months ago. For about the last 6 months they truck will completely shut off going full speed 70 mph on the freeway. When it dies the screen says "reduce engine power", “move to neutral to restart engine.” The truck loses all power going at a very high rate of speed. I dropped the truck off at dealership, paid $3100.00 to replace the high pressure fuel pump. Next day, driving down the freeway again 70 mph pulling an empty dump trailer, truck completely shuts off losing all power. My husband is on an area of the interstate under construction, and nearly crashes into a brick wall, with nowhere to go. Took it immediately back to the dealership because what I paid them for did not fix the problem, they said they did, gave me back my truck and put my husband's life in danger. Dealship test drove the truck yesterday after replacing the valves and the diesel tech test driving the truck on freeway, full speed had the truck completely shut off on him while driving. In the last 6 months, on my 3rd repair, we have had the low pressure fuel pump replaced, fuel regulator, high pressure fuel pump, valves, and now the the fuel rails. I have no confidence in Fords. They are not safe!

  • BertramFebruary 5, 2021 at 8:22 am

    Pls, what is the solution to unyielding stalling of my 1999 f250 while driving? This has continued, notwithstanding that I have severally changed the fuel pump?

  • MartinNovember 22, 2020 at 9:43 pm

    We bought a used 2011 F250 Super Duty gas about two years ago and in the past couple of months it has started stalling when your foot leaves the pedal and goes on the brake ( decelerations) especially at stop signs, traffic lights, whatever. The tach bounces all over the place too and it seems worse on damp days. . So far it has always restarted ..... but maybe one day it won't. Or maybe it will s[Show More]We bought a used 2011 F250 Super Duty gas about two years ago and in the past couple of months it has started stalling when your foot leaves the pedal and goes on the brake ( decelerations) especially at stop signs, traffic lights, whatever. The tach bounces all over the place too and it seems worse on damp days. . So far it has always restarted ..... but maybe one day it won't. Or maybe it will stall in traffic and cause an accident. We are becoming very leery of driving it now. Gas anyone on this page found the problem?? Or is the only solution to scrap a perfectly good vehicle??

  • JeraldNovember 14, 2020 at 8:48 pm

    Any resolutions or answers yet? I have a 2012 I bought used and it stalls on the interstate.

  • DarciOctober 2, 2020 at 3:56 pm

    Purchased a new 2019 F250 6.7 about 4 months ago. In last 1.5 months it has shut off once in reverse and once driving 30 down the road. When it died in drive the screen said “move to neutral to restart engine.” Some days it takes 5-20 minutes to start. If glow plug light doesn’t come on, it won’t turn over. Dealership can’t recreate the problems and says there are no codes. We bought this to pu[Show More]Purchased a new 2019 F250 6.7 about 4 months ago. In last 1.5 months it has shut off once in reverse and once driving 30 down the road. When it died in drive the screen said “move to neutral to restart engine.” Some days it takes 5-20 minutes to start. If glow plug light doesn’t come on, it won’t turn over. Dealership can’t recreate the problems and says there are no codes. We bought this to pull a travel trailer. I have small children and it’s our only vehicle. I’m scared to death to drive it.

  • rondogFebruary 26, 2020 at 12:15 am

    We've come across tnhi issue in our shop. code P0884 intermittent signal fail to the TCM... stalling, shut down,limp mode...etc... looking into if Ford has a recall on this issue yet!

  • CharleneJanuary 26, 2020 at 6:10 am

    I cant figure out the reason behind this. Ive now I'll nvested as lot in guessing. Any help startingi ssue. Ford doesnt give sny answers.

  • JosephSeptember 15, 2019 at 2:34 am

    Have a 2012 f550 V10 gasoline stahl's 2 times I have wrecked it twice I need a lawyer can anybody help

  • TimothyAugust 24, 2019 at 12:53 am

    I have a 1999 Ford F250 Turbo diesel that has stalling issues. It left my wife set in a turning lane at a busy intersection several months ago....very dangerous situation! After paying $300 to have it towed and replacing the fuel pump and a sensor it continues to stall. It is especially problematic on rainy days....stalls often. I desperately need answers.....anyone?

  • JAugust 8, 2019 at 5:10 pm

    2012 F250 6.7L truck stalls when accelerating from a stop, or when removing foot too quickly off of accelerator after taking off from a stop. We are able to put vehicle in neutral or park and start engine again. This issue happens almost every time when at a stop sign, light, parked, or pulling out of driveway.

  • richAugust 2, 2019 at 9:29 pm

    Hello were you able to fix the problem with your truck? Mine did it today on the eway, its at the shop wondering if you had any answers. Any help would be appreciated thank you.

  • BillJuly 28, 2019 at 7:25 pm

    2013 f250 super duty gas stalls ,had fuel pump replaced, still doing it

  • adolfoAugust 5, 2018 at 8:46 pm

    I got a used 2012 f250 6.7 and while I'm driving, trying to pass another car it's stalls. Then having to get back behind the car I tried to pass and place it in neutral and turn the key off which can lock the steering wheel up. Then on really quick to restart. I get a fuel code of p0093 and P0087. Said large fuel leak. Well it doesn't show any kind of fuel leak anywhere. I had it service and r[Show More]I got a used 2012 f250 6.7 and while I'm driving, trying to pass another car it's stalls. Then having to get back behind the car I tried to pass and place it in neutral and turn the key off which can lock the steering wheel up. Then on really quick to restart. I get a fuel code of p0093 and P0087. Said large fuel leak. Well it doesn't show any kind of fuel leak anywhere. I had it service and replaced fuel pump and tank cleaned but still stall. They need to figure it out before it kills someone.

  • AndrewSeptember 7, 2016 at 2:38 pm

    We have a 2016 f450.xlt with the 6.7 we have 12,000 miles on it and it stalls constantly took it to ford they couldn't find anything called ford motor company and they said this is normal? Pay 60,000 for a truck and its normal for it to stall lol

  • SamJanuary 25, 2016 at 2:02 pm

    I have a problem with Turbo stall and power going to zero when accelerating quickly into traffic. I can let off and ease back into the throttle and regain the power. If I floor the throttle when the boost hits 18-20 psi it will stall and the boost gauge goes to zero.

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