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Ford Probe Widens, Could Cover 1.9 Million Cars
2012-03-13 00:41:35 (141 weeks ago)
Posted By: Intellpuke
Federal safety regulators are investigating sticky accelerators in Ford Taurus and Mercury Sable sedans that could affect more than 1.9 million vehicles in the 2001 through 2006 model years.
Earlier federal safety regulators said the investigation covered an estimated 360,000 cars. .

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration started the probe last week, but expanded it on Monday. The safety agency has received 14 complaints of Taurus sedans accelerating on their own. So far it has no reports of crashes or injuries because of the problem.

A faulty cruise control cable may be the cause of the problems. The cable can become detached and hold the throttle open, the agency said in documents posted on its website. In at least two of the complaints, drivers told NHTSA that their cars took off and ran red lights before they were able to bring them to a stop by shifting them into neutral or park.

"This is an extremely dangerous situation," one driver wrote in a complaint. "There needs to be something done about this before it becomes fatal."

It's a problem similar to one that tarnished Toyota Motor Corp.'s reputation about two years ago. The Japanese automaker eventually recalled 14 million vehicles worldwide because of acceleration problems, which it blamed on ill-fitting floor mats and sticky accelerator pedals. At the time NHTSA said at least 52 people were killed in crashes linked to Toyota's acceleration problems. A NHTSA investigation cleared Toyota's electronic throttle controls as a cause of the problem.

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Ford is cooperating with the NHTSA investigation, spokesman Daniel Pierce said Monday.

"It's asking for information like they have done in the past with other vehicles, and we will be working with them throughout the investigation," Pierce said. Ford received a request for information from NHTSA on Monday and it is just starting to look into how many complaints have been made to company dealers, said Pierce.

In its investigation NHTSA will determine how many cars had the same parts and whether the problem is widespread enough to trigger a recall. So far none of the cars has been recalled. The Taurus and Sable are nearly identical and share almost all the same parts.

The Taurus, which was introduced in late 1985, was the best-selling car in the U.S. for five years in the early 1990s. Ford let it languish while it focused on SUVs, and the Toyota Camry was soon outselling it. Ford renamed the Taurus the Five Hundred in 2006, but new CEO Alan Mulally insisted that the company return to the Taurus name with the 2008 model year.

Taurus sales have remained sluggish. Ford sold 63,526 of them last year, just 15 percent of the total sold at the car's peak in 1992. The company discontinued the Mercury brand in 2010.

Ford has recalled the Taurus before for problems with its cruise control system. In 2008, the company recalled 1993-1995 models of the Taurus SHO, a performance edition, because faulty cruise control switches were linked to engine fires.

Intellpuke: You can read this Associated Press article in context here: bottomline.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/03/12/10657814-ford-probe-widens-could-cover-19-million-cars

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