The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration decided to expand its investigation into stuck throttles in another 1.56 million Ford Motor Co. vehicles.
The NHTSA opened a preliminary investigation over 360,000 2005-2006 Ford Taurus sedans, after receiving complaints of vehicles suddenly accelerating because of detached cruise control cables. On March 12th NHTSA declared that it is expanding its review, requesting Ford to include the 2001-2005 Taurus and Mercury Sable. That means NHTSA is looking at a total of 1.92 million cars.
“The agency is actively investigating a potential issue with a stuck throttle resulting from cruise control cable detachment involving certain Ford vehicles. The agency is carefully evaluating all available data and will share any findings upon conclusion of its investigation,” NHTSA spokeswoman Lynda Tran said.
The investigation began after the Safety Administration received 14 complaints from Taurus owners that said the engine revved as high as 4,000 RPMs after shifting into park or neutral, one driver declaring that the vehicle had traveled partially through a red light before it stopped. NHTSA didn’t identify any crashes or injuries related to the issue in its statement. Ford spokesman Daniel Pierce said the automaker is cooperating.