Ford recalls 485,000 Escapes and Mavericks SUVs to fix throttles image

Ford Motor Corp said on Thursday is recalling 485,000 Escapes and Mavericks small SUVs to fix sticking gas pedals that can cause crashes.

According to NHTSA – U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, on certain sport utility vehicles built with 3.0l v6 engines with cruise control from 2001 to 2004 the accelerator cable may prevent the throttle from returning to the idle position.

Therefore, an unexpected increase in speed may increase stopping distance and may result in a vehicle crash. Ford says the cruise control cables can snag on the plastic cover atop the engine and cause the gas pedals to stick.

NHTSA said it has received so far 68 complaints about the problem, including 13 crashes, nine injuries and one death. According to AP, a teenage girl died in the January crash of an Escape in Arizona.

The U.S. automaker said dealers will replace the engine cover .