Ford and Hyundai are out from under the scrutinizing eyes of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration after the government agency said it was closing investigations against both automakers over vehicle safety concerns.

Ford was being investigated for reported damaged speed control cables on Ford Taurus (shown above) and Mercury Sable models, both built between 2000 and 2003. Vehicles with the company's Duratec engines allegedly failed to allow owners to brake as expected. Owners lodged 100 complaints and were involved in five accidents, according to NHTSA records. The American automaker responded to the reports, and on June 21 of this year, said that it would inspect and repair all affected vehicles, regardless of the mileage.

Hyundai was under investigation for a reported loose fastener on the steering shaft of its 2011 Santa Fe (shown in the gallery below). After NHTSA launched its inquiry, the Korean automaker responded with its own investigation that yielded four affected vehicles. Following the inspection of 680 vehicles at its assembly plant, Hyundai said the issue was due to employee error and that no further defects have been found.


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      philiper
      • 1 Year Ago
      HAve had Tuarus autos going back to 1989. Virtually every one of them ran well over 100,000 miles my newest 2007 has 150,000 and my prior 2004 (which my daughter now uses has over 200,000 miles. MAy not be sexiest car on the street bur it damn sure reliable
        kidboise
        • 1 Year Ago
        @philiper
        In that sense, they are reliable, but why are there so few 20+ year old Tauruses out on the road? I guess you can call anything 'reliable' compared to something else, but lets face it, these cars have never been as dependable or well-assembled as your old Camry or Accord. And on top of that, their interiors have always used terrible materials by comparison. 200,000 miles is just not the same thing on a 2004 as it is on, say a 1994. And for every ten '94 Accords still on the road, try and find one '94 Taurus. It's a flat-out mediocre car, and I guess some people will simply never see that.
          Master Austin
          • 1 Year Ago
          @kidboise
          All depends in what part of the country your in and what cars sell better in those areas. In the area I'm in I see 87-92 Taurus whereas I hardly see those generation Accords and Camrys. And in Miami it's hard to even find an 80s Cam/Cord because either they have rusted to death, or have been stolen for parts. I would expect to see more Camcords in CA since they have a larger market share there.
      Cruising
      • 1 Year Ago
      Thumbs up if you drove a Taurus like this in drivers ed.
      • 1 Year Ago
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      nassau
      • 1 Year Ago
      When are they opening the investigations on the Model T and the Model A.
      8LiterHemiV8
      • 1 Year Ago
      Why are there ballerinas in the press photo?
        Mikey
        • 1 Year Ago
        @8LiterHemiV8
        Because it was taken around 1999 and America was still in love with corny advertising.