Chrysler 200, Ford Explorer Under NHTSA Investigation
More than 87,000 2011 Chrysler 200 sedan and convertible models with a 3.6-liter V6 engine are under investigation following reports alleging engine stall. According to a NHTSA Office of Defects Investigation (ODI) document, there are 15 owner complaints that the engine stalled unexpectedly while the driver was decelerating or applying the brakes. The ODI says it is not aware of accidents or injuries.
In a separate investigation, the ODI is looking into about 83,000 2011 Ford Explorer SUVs because of 15 owner complaints that the electric power steering system failed, making it more difficult to steer the vehicle. According to the ODI, some owners were able to fix the problem by turning their Explorer off and restarting it. Others said that even after restarting the vehicle, it happened again. No accidents or injuries have been reported.
Both the Chrysler 200 and Ford Explorer investigations are preliminary, and neither vehicle has been recalled. If you own either of these models, you can keep an eye on NHTSA’s website for more information. Automakers notify owners in the event of a recall, but you can also visit www.safercar.gov or call NHTSA’s vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236.
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