Ford Recalls 485,000 Escape SUVs to fix throttles
Ford Motors is recalling about 485,000 Escape SUVs due to sticking gas pedals that can cause crashes.
Among the vehicles involved in this worldwide recall are 2001 - 2004 model Ford Escapes, powered by 3-liter V-6 engines with cruise control.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there has been 68 complaints about this problem, which includes 13 crashes, nine injuries and the death of a teenage girl in a Ford Escape crash in Arizona, in January of this year.
In just two weeks, Ford Escape, which is the top-selling SUV in the U.S. last month, has received a total of three recalls.
Other recent recalls from Ford includes:
11,500 of the all-new 2013 models with 1.6-liter engines due to possible fuel lines crack which can leak gasoline, causing fires.
10,000 2013 Escapes due to carpet padding that could interfere with braking.
Older Ford Escapes, because the cruise control cables can snag on the plastic cover atop the engine, thereby making the gas pedals to stick. According to Marcey Zwiebel,
Ford Spokeswoman, for this problem to happen, the pedals must be pushed to or near the floor, and the cruise control cables must have been bent or moved from their original position. She added that the cable positions can be changed when the SUVs are serviced.
Ford Escape owners can take their vehicles to dealers, to get their cruise control disconnect and eliminate the risk of the problem occurring.
The NHTSA announced on July 17, 2012 , that it was investigating complaints about sticky throttles on Escapes and Mazda Tributes ( also built by Ford Motors) We'll see..
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