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NHTSA Investigating Ford Taurus for Stuck Throttle

The federal government’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened an investigation into Ford Taurus cars from the 2005 and 2006 model years for complaints alleging a stuck throttle.

NHTSA says that its Office of Defects Investigation has received 14 complaints from Taurus owners regarding the stuck throttle, which may be caused by a detached cruise control cable.

“Complaints allege engine speeds as high as approximately 4,000 RPM after shifting into Park or Neutral,” the ODI reports. “Some complaints report that it was difficult to slow the vehicle with the service brakes during the incident and one report indicated that when the car was finally stopped, it was partially in an intersection after going through a red light. In some of the incidents, the drivers alleged having to shut-off the engine and/or shift into neutral in order to stop the vehicle.”

No crashes or injuries have occurred, CNNMoney reports.

Reuters says that Ford is cooperating with NHTSA on the investigation, which affects about 360,000 Taurus models. The investigation could lead to a recall, and affected Taurus owners will be notified and asked to bring their vehicle to a Ford dealership for free repairs if a recall is issued. 

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