• Jan 28, 2010
Taking every precaution, Ford Motor Co. has stopped production on its Chinese-made Transit Classic diesel models – a full-sized commercial vehicle with a throttle pedal manufactured by the same company behind the Toyota recall. According to Ford, the vehicles began production in December and only about 1,600 vehicles have been produced. There have been no reported problems with the vehicle's accelerator, but the automaker wants to take a step back to ensure problems will not surface in the future. "That's part of our routine process – when a company has a recall, you conduct a review and determine if you share any of the same vendors, design, parts," according to Ford spokesman Said Deep.

The accelerators in question – subject to recall for sticking and causing unintended acceleration – are made by CTS Corp, based in Elkhart, Indiana. While CTS makes throttle pedal assemblies for other automakers, Toyota and Ford are the only companies thus far to announce production stoppages. Thanks for the tip Jarrett!

[Source: The Globe and Mail]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      This adds another layer to the question of blame. Did Toyota design the part and CTS just made it or did CTS manage to build it wrong. What I do not understand is why Toyota did not have the safety shut off for a stuck throttle. My understanding is other builders have safety devices in place just for such situation. Is this going to be another safety device that government will have to require to get everyone to do it?
      • 4 Years Ago
      CTS is just a second supplier to Denso. There is no way they would redesign a pedal assembly for such a low volume job. Denso is still the primary supplier for this part. Toyota will audit CTS to ensure that their TPS was followed and that every specified procedure was followed.

      CTS's plant for pedals is located in Mississauga, Ontario.

      CTS is just a scapegoat right now. If CTS goes bankrupt in the next 6 months, then you will know who is at fault. In the end Toyota will take the heat for this one .
      • 4 Years Ago
      read the official cts comment on point here: http://www.ctscorp.com/publications/press_releases/nr100127.htm.

      and note: that the public relations specialists (ahem, err, spin doctors) at toyota are prepared to weather any storm, irrespective of prima facie culpability or responsibility.

      until a trier of fact decides, the wait remains the only foreseeable constant in this story.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I am sure there will be even more companies who CTS has made faulty parts for. It's unrealistic to think that Toyota would be the only one affected by this. CTS has contracts with many more companies than just Toyota. I wouldn't be surprised if we see additional models from other makes have to recall their vehicles too.
        • 4 Years Ago
        clearly none of you guys has any idea how business works.
        build to print? that would happen if Toyota actually designed those part, which is highly unlikely. Toyota may issue specs/requirements, such as the length of the gas pedal, signal interface, life cycle, etc. it is the sub-contract's responsibility to design and test those parts.

        so the ultimate question is, was toyota's spec flawed?


        • 4 Years Ago
        O RLY?

        none of us here are in any position to say anything like that yet. It hinges on things like who is responsible for the design? If CTS, then they're hosed. If it was "build-to-print," then it gets muddy:

        - if it was "build-to-print," now you need to find the real root cause. If it's a manufacturing defect, then CTS is on the hook, and they're hosed. If it's a design problem, then we now have to look at:

        - are the problem parts built to specification? If not, then CTS may have made an unauthorized change, so they're on the hook and probably hosed. If they are, then the problem is either with Toyota's specification, or their validation test program.

        This is the type of thing you can't predict the outcome of until a proper failure analysis is done.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Glad to hear that Ford is doing the morally right thing to do before anyone (possibly) gets hurt.

      Ford seems to be heading towards a great future from the look of things
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Gina

        One of two things have happened.

        1) CTS designed the throttle system on their own and sold it to various companies such as Ford and Toyota. If this is the case, CTS is at fault.

        2) Ford, Toyota, and other companies submitted their own designs to CTS for production. Assuming the parts were built according to spec, Toyota is at fault.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "Didn't Ford U.S. design these pedals? "

        Who knows? It depends on the statement of work. Only Ford and CTS have that.
        Gina
        • 4 Years Ago
        OMG. Are we gonna hear more similar cases from more automakers? Didn't Ford U.S. design these pedals? Just like Toyota Japan designed their pedals?
      • 4 Years Ago
      In a few days Ford will announce that they checked all the pedals in question and see no issues. This is Ford's subtle way of saying "Toyota quit your lying, step up and admit that you have an ECU problem that you have known about going back to 2004".

      • 4 Years Ago
      The title of the article is very misleading.
      Some of you obviously have not read the story and are basing opinions on having only read the title and perhaps skimming over the article itself.

      The accelerator pedal Ford uses on this vehicle is unlikely the exact same pedal assembly Toyota uses. The problem part may be made by the same manufacturer, but Toyota's is it's own design.
      It may also be possible that CTC only 'finishes' the Toyota pedal assembly in the US from a partially finished Toyota supplied part so that it can be called US made for purposes of US content. That is not unusual for Toyota and other foreign manufacturers in the US. Bottom line is this 'CTC' accelerator Toyota has been having trouble with is a Toyata part of Toyota specification and design.

      Ford's move her eis precautionary. Only 1600 of these vehicles have been made, probably fewer sold yet.
      • 4 Years Ago
      If its made in China who cares?

      Mullaly was on CNN earlier today. The move was purely proactive on their part.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Because America isn't the only country in the world. People in other countries also drive cars and read Autoblog.
        • 4 Years Ago
        LOL...good answer. Owned.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Toyota had tried to lay all the blame on floor mats.

      Now,

      They try to lay all the blame on american made gas pedal?
      • 4 Years Ago
      CTS Corp. might as well declare bankruptcy right now, cuz they are screwed if they are found at fault for the design of these pedals.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Actually, CTS subcontracted out to another manufacturer to produce them............ and they are in Canada.

        Thus, you need to rewrite your statement, changing American to Canadian.

        Or, you could wait to see the facts, which I would imagine, will vindicate CTS.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yeah seriously....how are all these armchair manufacturing experts coming to the conclusion that they were made to Toyota spec?

        If that is the case, then every other subcontractor failure Ford and GM have had are 100% Ford and GM's fault.....oh wait....we can't do that. BECAUSE IT"S A DOUBLE STANDARD.
        • 4 Years Ago
        They would only be in trouble if their manufacturing of the pedals was not to the design spec and an incorrectly manufactured pedel is proven to be the cause. If this problem is because of a flawed design provided by Toyota, then they are in the clear.
        • 4 Years Ago
        ^
        Because jump on the bandwagon to trash Toyota is the new fad on the internets ever since they became the #1 car maker.
        • 4 Years Ago
        How did they fail? The pedals are still made to the spec Toyota contracted them to build. This is a Toyota fup and no one elses.
        • 4 Years Ago
        How is everyone jumping to the conclusion that these parts were made to Toyota's specifications??

        I have not being following this story all that closely simply because it's so damn blown out of proportion, but I have not seen anywhere that Toyota said that these parts were, or were not made to spec.

        Also it has nothing to do with Toyota's announcement that they were looking to cut costs - this pedal issue seems to go back a few years, while their announcement to cut costs is only a few months old.


        And I would like to point out how intertwined the auto industry is in that gas pedals for Toyota cars are effecting production of a Chinese built Ford van. This is one of the biggest reasons why letting any of the big players in the automotive industry go under (be it GM or Chrysler, or any of the top-tier suppliers) could have bombed the entire industry even more than it was already trashed last year.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Good decision by Ford.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Darn! I hope this doesn't ruin the manufacturing reputation of my Fatherland!
        • 4 Years Ago
        We get the comedy in that.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Jeremy i'm guessing it's zǔguó even in Canada.
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