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Ford F-150s face US safety inspection

NEW YORK — The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Sunday that it was investigating consumer complaints about “sharp reductions” in acceleration on 2011 to 2013 Ford F-150 pickups that are equipped with the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 engine.

The action, called a preliminary evaluation, covers about 400,000 of the F-150 pickups, the safety agency said. A Ford spokesman, Michael Levine, wrote via e-mail that although the number of vehicles affected was probably more than 325,000, the agency’s figure was too high.

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