Ford Motor Company is facing two separate problems involving one of its most popular SUV models, the Ford Escape, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Regulators with the agency are investigating possible throttle-control problems involving approximately 730,000 Ford Escapes, model years 2001 – 2004, as well as Mazda Tributes of the same model years. Ford and Mazda jointly developed the SUVs at issue.
According to NHTSA documents, the throttle problem appears to have caused 13 reported auto accidents resulting in nine injuries and one death. The agency is investigating whether the throttles remain open after the driver releases the accelerator pedal. The investigation could result in a vehicle recall.
Consumer watchdog The Center for Auto Safety initially brought the issue to the NHTSA’s attention. According to the watchdog group, a January 2005 recall of the Ford and Mazda vehicles resulted in repairs that possibly damaged accelerator cables. The organization reports that a 2002 Ford Escape was involved in an accident in January 2012 that killed the driver. The vehicle had been repaired under the January 2005 recall.
In a separate action, Ford is recalling 10,000 Escape SUVs, the model year 2013, due to a problem with carpet padding interfering with the driver’s ability to brake. The problem is caused by carpet padding that may be pushed outboard of the intended position, resulting in interference with braking and creating the risk of a crash, according to the NHTSA. The recall will begin on July 23.
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