US: Ford SUVs investigated
Compiled from Associated Press and Bloomberg reports.
Ford Motor Co.'s Explorer and Mercury Mountaineer SUVs are facing a U.S. auto-safety probe because the throttle can stick.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in Washington said in a Web site notice Monday that it's investigating unwanted acceleration in 690,000 of the vehicles from the 2002 model year. The agency's preliminary investigation of vehicles with 4-liter, 6-cylinder engines was prompted by 15 complaints and one reported crash.
The NHTSA's probe of the Explorer and Mountaineer is a preliminary evaluation, the agency's first step in an investigation. Those probes are closed without further action more than 75% of the time. The rest are upgraded to a second stage called an engineering analysis, of which seven in 10 lead to recalls.
Kristen Kinley, a spokeswoman for Ford, said that it was too early in the investigation to determine a cause and that the company was cooperating with the agency.
My first car was a 67 Mustang Coupe, 2nd one was a 67 Cougar XR-7, 3rd one was a 66 Mustang Coupe. Why did I get rid of these cars for ? I know why, because I'm stupid, stupid, stupid.
My next Ford.....