According to Reuters, The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has trained its gaze on nearly two million Ford Taurus and Mercury Sable models over a potential stuck throttle issue.

This past Sunday, March 11, NHTSA announced it would investigate 360,000 Taurus sedans from the 2005 and 2006 model years after the government safety regulator received 14 complaints of a stuck throttle due to cruise control cable detachment. A day later, The Detroit News reported that NHTSA has expanded its investigation to include all 2001 through 2006 Taurus and Sable models for a total of 1.92 million vehicles, and in a letter to Ford, said that it has located a total of 30 such complaints.

Reuters says at least one complaint noted that the Taurus' engine can race to 4,000 RPM after the car is shifted into Park or Neutral, and there were further complaints indicating that affected models were difficult to slow. In certain cases, the transmission had to be shifted into Neutral or the engine turned off to stop the car.

Ford is reportedly cooperating with the NHTSA probe and no recall has been announced.


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      Jeff Tripp
      • 3 Years Ago
      "nearly two million million" WHOA! ;-D
        sqparadox
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Jeff Tripp
        That's 2,000,000,000,000 Cars! Or 7815 times the total number of registered vehicles as reported by the US Bureau of Transportation Statistics in 2008. Now that's a BIG recall! I'm not even going to complain about Autoblog's poor editing; I have, time and time again. Looking professional clearly isn't important enough for them to do something about it.
          Johnny
          • 3 Years Ago
          @sqparadox
          Some people are just too f@cking anal. Really you have nothing better to do? You couldn't use your brain and figure out they meant 2 million? Read the bad editing, use your head, carry on with life. Good luck out there, it's a wide wide world.
          dukeisduke
          • 3 Years Ago
          @sqparadox
          I've read plenty of one-man blogs that were better written than this one.
          Johnny
          • 3 Years Ago
          @sqparadox
          Yeah duke, I'm not defending ab. I see lots of errors on this site. I just get tired of people pointing it out. I see the issues and just move on. Life is to short for such little things.
      Drab_AZ
      • 3 Years Ago
      I had one of those. It was a masterpiece of engineering. The next month after warranty expired that POC started falling apart: AC, tires, sensors, battery - these all went bad simultaneously. Ford's controlled obsolescence at its best.
        merlot066
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Drab_AZ
        Wait, did you just list tires and the battery as things that were "falling apart". Let me know when you find a car that doesn't need tires or a new battery after 5 years.
      miketim1
      • 3 Years Ago
      These damn Toyotas !!!! Oh wait.....
      jtav2002
      • 3 Years Ago
      So Toyota's problem never being attributed to a technical defect means they still get crucified anyway and get accused of paying people off to 'cover it up." Yet Fords problem, immediately tied to a component failure and they get a pass just because they're domestic and the cars are a few years old?
        Papi L-Gee
        • 3 Years Ago
        @jtav2002
        And two generations out of production.
        Juffinstuff
        • 3 Years Ago
        @jtav2002
        And Ford isn't covering anything up/blatantly lying about them/being pricks. Ford also doesn't have dozens of annoying ads on the radio and television about how great their quality is, or in Toyota's case "might have been" considering there haven't been many great gaps in quality between brand new cars in recent memory. In fact, the only thing I'd venture to guess is that Chrysler under Cerberus, what with those EXCELLENT interiors and ancient powertrains...
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Juffinstuff
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          • 3 Years Ago
          @Juffinstuff
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          Juffinstuff
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Juffinstuff
          One article versus 10+ million recalled cars and a dead state patrol officer, nice. But ****, I GTG guys, need to go "Ford troll" some more??? lol.
          You guy
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Juffinstuff
          Built Ford Tough?
      ngiotta
      • 3 Years Ago
      You mean to tell me that only 30 throttle cables have gotten sticky out of 2,000,000 vehicles in the last 10 years? Is this a recall or are they giving Ford an award?
      404 not found
      • 3 Years Ago
      From 2005/2006?? I'm guessing half of them aren't even running anymore.
      Silly Pickle
      • 3 Years Ago
      Dang! I got a 2000 model with 408,000 km and can't say it ever did this. (though there was that one time I hit resume and it exploded to past speed limit...and by exploded I mean it went as fast as it's little 154 horse power engine would allow it...by that I mean not like it was uncontrollable, or remotely scary...or even exploding really...which was stopped at the tap of the brake pedal). Guess I shoulda bought a newer one, 'cause I won't be part of the recall. :-( . That being said...nice to know that at least Taurus owners are smart enough to A. put it in neutral to slow it down, and B. if all else fails, turn the mofo car off. Must be from watching all that NASCAR. Dang I love key ignitions. Won't buy a car with a push start so long as I can avoid it. Not that I'm stupid, but who's to say someone in the house isn't.
        WillieD
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Silly Pickle
        That's probably why your model year isn't in the investigation.
      Pope Digg VIII
      • 3 Years Ago
      30/2 million.. okay... people need to stop crying wolf when a problem happens with their cars. My friend's 05 Taurus did the same thing, it was either the throttle cable losing its lubrication over time and sticking or a vacuum leak. Thankfully lubricating the cable did the trick and the car is like normal again.
        Reilly
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Pope Digg VIII
        Same thing with our Taurus, lubricated the cable and it's fine.
      budwsr25
      • 3 Years Ago
      These cars are 6-7 years old. Parts are going to fail and need to be replaced. The amount of miles on these 14 cars im sure plays a huge factor.
        Papi L-Gee
        • 3 Years Ago
        @budwsr25
        Not to mention that many of those built in the latter years were rentals.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      JDM
      • 3 Years Ago
      Look at all the Ford f@gs trying to defend this worthless company. Ford lies, and covers up investigations. http://www.businessweek.com/news/2011-07-26/ford-s-fraudulent-tactics-warrant-new-trial-judge-rules.html
      Ernie Mccracken
      • 3 Years Ago
      Kill them with fire.
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