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Unintended Acceleration Ford Edition: NHTSA Opens Investigation On Taurus

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On: Wed, Mar 14, 2012 at 11:26AM | By: Chris Weiss


Unintended Acceleration Ford Edition: NHTSA Opens Investigation On Taurus

About two years after Toyota suffered from its infamous unintended acceleration debacle, Ford may be facing one of its own. The purported problem is different, but the result much the same: loss of acceleration control. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opened an investigation into the matter this week.

The problem relates to 2005 and 2006 model year Taurus sedans. The NHTSA's preliminary investigation relates to about 360,000 such sedans. It opened the preliminary investigation because of 14 complaints that the throttle on Taurus sedans can stick in the open position, causing difficulties stopping.

According to the NHTSA's notice, the incidents indicate that the throttle remained open and caused engine speeds up to 4,000 RPM after the car had been shifted into neutral or park. The problem was caused by a detached cruise control cable. In some cases, the vehicle was difficult to stop with the brakes, and one incident involved a vehicle rolling through a red light before stopping. Some drivers involved had to shut the engine off or shift the car in neutral in order to stop.

The preliminary investigation will assess the scope, frequency and consequences of the issue. It could lead to a formal recall, if the NHTSA finds appropriate grounds in its investigation.




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