Feds Close Probe Into 1.5 Million Ford SUVs


  • 2005 Ford Explorer Picture

    2005 Ford Explorer Picture

    Federal safety regulators have closed an investigation into the 2002-'05 Ford Explorer and Mercury Mountaineer, as well as the 2003-'05 Lincoln Aviator. | March 11, 2013

Just the Facts:
  • NHTSA said it has closed an investigation into allegations that the 2002-'05 Ford Explorer and Mercury Mountaineer, as well as the 2003-'05 Lincoln Aviator, were at risk of rolling away.
  • Federal safety regulators said the number of complaints are low and that they were not going to order a recall of an estimated 1.5 million Ford SUVs.
  • NHTSA said it had received 180 complaints of vehicles rolling away, including reports of 14 crashes and six injuries.

WASHINGTON — The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it has closed an investigation into allegations that the 2002-'05 Ford Explorer and Mercury Mountaineer, as well as the 2003-'05 Lincoln Aviator, were at risk of rolling away.

Federal safety regulators said the number of complaints are low and that they were not going to order a recall of an estimated 1.5 million Ford SUVs. Some drivers alleged vehicle rollaway after the transmission is shifted to Park or the driver perceives the vehicle is in Park.

NHTSA said it had received 180 complaints of vehicles rolling away, including reports of 14 crashes and six injuries. The injuries ranged from cuts and bruises to a fractured rib.

"There has been a drastically declining trend including very few incidents occurring in recent years," said NHTSA in a posting on its Web site.

But safety regulators noted that they had "identified a number of different failure mechanisms for the alleged defect." The failure rate was 4.4 per 100,000 vehicles for a suspected defect involving the automatic transmission parking system and 3.4 per 100,000 vehicles for a suspected defect involving the brake shift interlock system.

The investigation lasted for nearly four years. NHTSA opened a preliminary investigation in April 2009 and upgraded it to an engineering analysis in August 2009.

Edmunds says: NHTSA has not ordered a recall on these Ford SUVs, so the matter is dropped at this point.

Comments

  • agentorange agentorange Posts:

    This can only happen on my cars if the parking brake and the Park system fail together. Suggests poor driving habits to me.

  • joe_scuba joe_scuba Posts:

    Ford had the same issue 30 years ago.

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