Feds Investigate Ford Freestyle For Unintended Lunging

Harry Lay
by Harry Lay

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating 170,000 2005 through 2007 model year Ford Freestyle’s after 18 crashes caused by “lunging.” No injuries have been attributed to the abnormal vehicle behavior, however.

The Ford Freestyle abnormally lunges forward even when drivers didn’t have their feet on the gas pedal says the reports. Hitting the brakes will stop the lunging, however.

The unexpected lunging has been tied to having the steering wheel turned hard left or right, as well as an apparent increased occurrence if operating the vehicle’s air conditioning system. The lunging reportedly only occurs at low speeds in both reverse and forward gears.

The investigation will not include the refreshed Ford Taurus X that replaced the low selling Freestyle in 2008. The lunging only occurs with the Freestyle’s 3.0-liter V6, and not with the Taurus’ 3.5-liter V6.

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  • Gary Balcom Gary Balcom on May 25, 2011

    I own a 2006 Freestyle. The car lunges occurs at low speeds in both reverse and forward gears. Is there a way to fix the problem?

  • Bob Garcia Bob Garcia on Sep 15, 2011

    I have had several incidents where the car will unexpectedly lung forward. My latest occurance was Aug. 19th when parking in a parking garage. It was about 95 degrees and I had the air condidion on for much of the day. As I was aligning the car in the parking spot I had the wheels turned quite a lot and the car tried to lung forward several times. I had to brake to prevent the car from hitting the building structor. Is Ford doing anything to correct this problem?