NHTSA Probes 725k Ford, Mercury Vehicles for Stalling

Luke Vandezande
by Luke Vandezande

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) opened an investigation on February 21 that affects almost 725,000 vehicles from Ford and Mercury.

Affected vehicles include the Ford Escape and Fusion as well as the Mercury Mariner and Milan. The investigation centers around an issue with the throttle body in those cars that, according to NHTSA documents, has been reported to cause engine stalling and surging.

Error codes in the described vehicles suggest that the throttle body is either stuck open or closed. The NHTSA office of Defects Investigation (ODI) has received 123 complaints so far while Ford reports receiving 1,472.

A faulty circuit board seems to be the cause of the problem because they could lead to “a lack of continuity in the throttle position sensor circuit.”

Model years affected include the 2009 to 2010 Escape and Escape Hybrid as well as the Mercury Mariner and Mariner Hybrid, the 2010 and 2011 Fusion and Mercury Milan.

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Luke Vandezande
Luke Vandezande

Luke is an energetic automotive journalist who spends his time covering industry news and crawling the internet for the latest breaking story. When he isn't in the office, Luke can be found obsessively browsing used car listings, drinking scotch at his favorite bar and dreaming of what to drive next, though the list grows a lot faster than his bank account. He's always on <A title="@lukevandezande on Twitter" href="http://twitter.com/lukevandezande">Twitter</A> looking for a good car conversation. Find Luke on <A title="@lukevandezande on Twitter" href="http://twitter.com/lukevandezande">Twitter</A> and <A title="Luke on Google+" href="http://plus.google.com/112531385961538774338?rel=author">Google+</A>.

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