Ford Explorer, Chrysler 200 Defect Investigations Opened by NHTSA

Stephen Elmer
by Stephen Elmer
The 2011 Explorer on the all-media drive in San Diego, California. (12/07/2010)

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened preliminary investigations today into two vehicles, the 2011 Ford Explorer for power steering issues, and the 2011 Chrysler 200 for engine stalling.

Fifteen complaints have been registered over the loss of power steering in the 2011 Ford Explorer. Owners say that the power steering cuts out, sometime accompanied by a warning light, and in most cases was reactivated after the car was turned off and turned back on. Approximately 83,000 vehicles may be affected by this issue.

The second investigation involves the 2011 Chrysler 200 and 200 Convertible. Owners report that the engine has been stalling during deceleration, in most cases stopping for traffic lights or stop signs. 15 complaints have been received about this problem, which potentially affects 87,288 vehicles, and only when equipped with the 3.6-liter V6 engine.

NHTSA has no reports of collision or or injuries related to either of these problems.

Stephen Elmer
Stephen Elmer

Stephen covers all of the day-to-day events of the industry as the News Editor at AutoGuide, along with being the AG truck expert. His truck knowledge comes from working long days on the woodlot with pickups and driving straight trucks professionally. When not at his desk, Steve can be found playing his bass or riding his snowmobile or Sea-Doo. Find Stephen on <A title="@Selmer07 on Twitter" href="http://www.twitter.com/selmer07">Twitter</A> and <A title="Stephen on Google+" href="http://plus.google.com/117833131531784822251?rel=author">Google+</A>

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