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NHTSA announced today that it is increasing the number of Ford vehicles under investigation for sticking throttle issues to 1.92 million automobiles.
Previously, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration initially announced an investigation into 360,000 Ford Taurus’ built from 2005 to 2006. Now NHTSA has expanded its inquiry to include all Ford Taurus’ and Mercury Sables (same car, different name) built from 2001-2005, an estimated total of 1.92 million cars.
The issues began when NHTSA received 14 complaints from Ford Taurus owners who said the engine revved as high as 4,000 rpm after the car had been shifted into park or neutral. One Taurus owner says that while sitting at a red light the car began to accelerate, and holding the brakes down with two feet wasn’t enough to keep the car stationary.
Thankfully, no accidents have been reported as a result of these malfunctions.