It's taken four years of study, but the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has finally closed the books on its investigation into rollaway accusations surrounding 1.56-million Ford SUV models.

The probe, which centered on the 2002-2005 Ford Explorer, 2002-2005 Mercury Mountaineer and 2003-2005 Lincoln Aviator, ends without the federal agency calling for a recall. According to The Detroit News, the investigation was closed due to a "low number of complaints" – NHTSA documented 180 such complaints that resulted in 14 crashes and six minor injuries, but the number of incidents have been slowing. The suspected defect rate for the trucks' automatic transmissions was found to be 4.4 per 100,000 units, and the brake-shift interlock mechanism failure rate was judged to be even lower at 3.4 per 100k.


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      m_handy
      • 1 Year Ago
      Did NHTSA investigate the loose nuts behind the steering wheels?
      Spartan
      • 1 Year Ago
      Operator error.
      icemilkcoffee
      • 1 Year Ago
      but the number of incidents have been slowing.... Yeah. So has the number of surviving Ford Explorer. Chalk another one up for Ford. Just wait out the NHTSA and wait for the cars to die out on their own.
      madddddddddddddd
      • 1 Year Ago
      FORD NEEDED SO BAILOUT $$$$$$$$$$$$ SO THE FEDS STILL TRY TO RUIN THEM........
      BG
      • 1 Year Ago
      Is this investigation all about that silly business where the drivers did not engage the parking brake when they left their vehicle? Could operator error possibly, just maybe, have some culpability?
      madddddddddddddd
      • 1 Year Ago
      NEEDED NOOOOOOOOO BAILOUT $$$$$$$$$$$$$
      johnb
      • 1 Year Ago
      a 4 year study? how much do you think that doozy cost the american taxpayer?
      Wetstuff
      • 1 Year Ago
      If Paul Ryan's entire life wasn't funded by the taxpayers.. I might ask him to add NHTSA to the list of 'takers'. Jim
      Kay
      • 1 Year Ago
      I sometimes wonder about the NHTSA investigations and how good they really are? My son had a small Dodge truck which he and his family loved. I liked it also and was even considering getting one also until he was driving down his road to his house and the front wheel broke off! He almost went into the ditch and almost hitting a culvert with his three young children in the truck! We checked online and found there were many complaints about the same thing but never an investigation or recall. Can you imagine if he had been driving on the highway going 55 and what would have happened? And yes those three children and my son were all buckled in! All he could do was yell, \"hang on!\" Needless to say I did not trade in my truck to purchase one like his.
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