2009-'11 Ford Escape, Fusion Among 724,982 Ford Vehicles in NHTSA Probe


  • 2011 Ford Escape Picture

    2011 Ford Escape Picture

    Federal safety regulators are looking into complaints of electronic throttle malfunction in the 2009-'11 Ford Escape, Fusion and Mercury Mariner and Milan. | February 25, 2013

Just the Facts:
  • NHTSA has opened a probe into an estimated 724,982 2009-'11 Ford Escape, Fusion and Mercury Mariner and Milan vehicles because of stalling complaints.
  • Consumers have reported incidents of electronic throttle failure while driving, resulting in sudden reduction of engine power.
  • Ford told Edmunds on Monday it is fully cooperating with the NHTSA investigation.

WASHINGTON — The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened a probe into an estimated 724,982 2009-'11 Ford Escape, Fusion and Mercury Mariner and Milan vehicles because of stalling complaints.

Consumers have reported incidents of electronic throttle failure while driving, resulting in sudden reduction of engine power, according to NHTSA. There have been 1,448 complaints, three crashes and one injury linked to the probe, according to documentation posted on the NHTSA Web site.

Ford told Edmunds on Monday it is fully cooperating with the NHTSA investigation. The affected Ford vehicles may unexpectedly go into "limp home" mode, according to NHTSA.

The vehicles have not been recalled, but such an investigation is sometimes the precursor to a recall.

Edmunds says: There is not much consumers can do at this point, except to wait for federal safety regulators to complete their investigation.

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