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.

Comments

  • joe_scuba joe_scuba Posts:

    I've had this issue in my '02 Ranger since it was new luckly no accidents but i will never buy another Ford after this fail. Dealers have no idea what to do and the company does not care.

  • malakisi malakisi Posts:

    I had this issue happen two weeks ago with our 2010 Ford Fusion SE. It lost all power and had to pull over to the side of the road. It would not restart and had to open the door to signal the computer to turn off. After closing the door the car would restart again. The dealership found no issues with the car. This is a different problem that the transmission failure that was recalled in 2010 that would cause loss of power.

  • greenpony greenpony Posts:

    The 2002 Ranger isn't drive-by-wire, so joe_scuba's incident is unrelated. Anecdotally I've put on 380k cumulative miles on three Ford vehicles MY2002 and later and never had a throttle problem. Maybe I'm just lucky, but the odds are good that I never see this problem. Oh, and the article title should be "2009-'11 Ford Escape, Fusion Among 724,982-vehicle Focus of NHTSA Probe", to keep with the Ford theme.

  • transpower transpower Posts:

    Ha, Ha, I have a 2008 Mercury Mariner Hybrid SUV.

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