Ford Taurus and Mercury Sable Under Investigation for Unintended Acceleration

by Jim Orr

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced recently that it has opened a preliminary investigation into reports of unintended acceleration in 2000-2003 Ford Taurus and Mercury Sable mid-size sedans. In its preliminary evaluation, PE-12033 (PDF), it says that some 310,000 2000 to 2003 model-year Ford Taurus and Mercury Sable sedans equipped with four-valve 3.0-liter Duratec V-6 engines may be affected.

The NHTSA’s Office of Defects Investigation has received 50 complaints alleging a stuck throttle condition “due to fractured speed control cable collars.” According to a bulletin posted by the agency, the assembly of the speed control is unique to the subject vehicles and this failure has not been observed in other 2000-2003 Ford Taurus and Mercury Sable vehicles equipped with the two-valve 3.0-liter V-6 Vulcan engine or in any of the 2004-2007 Ford Taurus and Mercury Sable sedans.

The purpose of such a preliminary evaluation by NHTSA is to determine the scope, frequency and safety-related consequences of the alleged defect. A preliminary investigation may or may not lead to an eventual recall.

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