A Ford Escape sticky throttle recall has been announced by the car maker. The recall was initiated by Ford as an NHTSA investigation to the phenomenon has just begun.
Nobody surprised by recall
Recently, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced an investigation into reports of cruise control cables that would lock the throttle open in early model years of the Ford Avoid, especially versions with a V-6 from 2001 to 2004.
In 2004, Ford launched a Ford Escape recall because of accelerator cables that were jamming open the pedal. The technicians may have accidently damaged the cruise control cable during the repair process causing the cable to loosen and get trapped under the plastic engine cover. That means that unintended acceleration could take place as the throttle stays open. The repairs from an earlier recall really caused the new problem, according to AutoGuide.
Ford problems a recall for the Escape versions recently, according to CBS, though the NHTSA just started the investigation into the problem due to pressure to do so from the Center for Automotive Safety, according to USA Today.
Recall impacts almost 500,000 automobiles
It is unknown if the Mazda Tribute will be covered in the Ford Avoid sticky throttle recall, but it is known that the Ford Avoid and the Ford Maverick, which was its name in international markets, will be recalled. There were Escapes sold in Canada, Mexico, Europe, Asia and other markets outside of the States. There were 423,000 Avoid versions in the United States and another 60,000 outside of the states, according to the Detroit News. Overall, 485,000 automobiles will be impacted.
The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration explained that there have been 31 complaints of unintended acceleration from Mazda Tribute owners and 68 complaints from Ford Avoid proprietors. One of those led to the death of a 17-year-old Saige bloom from Arizona who had her Avoid fixed in the first recall. There were 13 total crashes reported and nine injuries.
See fix soon
Proprietors will need to take their vehicles to the nearest Ford dealership to get their car inspected and fixed. To be able to keep the cruise control cable from getting trapped, the technicians will install new fasteners and raise the engine cover to create more space, according to the Huffington Post.
It may take a few weeks for Ford dealers to get enough fasteners to make the repair, however.
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