NHTSA is investigating a lot of Ford models for installing problems

Posted on Thursday, 28 February 2013 , 07:02:57 byEmil

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NHTSA is investigating a lot of Ford models for installing problems


Unfortunately there is some bad news for the ones that own a Ferrary Escape, Mercury Mariner, Ford Fusion or Mercury Milan models. Apparently the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has started an investigation involving these vehicles mentioned above. In total there 725.00 units approximately involved. The NHTSA was asked to begin a defect investigation of alleged electronic throttle body failures resulting in engine stall or surge while driving the model. Last year in October, the Office of Defects Investigation opened a Defect Petition DP12-006 to evaluate whether to grant or deny the petition. This is hereby granted on certain model years. Another two complaints were received of stall while driving the 2009 Ford Escape. According to Ford, Escape non-hybrid vehicles are equipped with Electronic Throttle Body assemblies beginning in 2009. Also, the models that have been built between June 22nd, 2009 and October 15th, 2009 may contain contaminated printed circuit boards with planting variations. These could lead to a lack of continuity in the throttle position sensor circuit where P2111 and DCTs would be generated and stored. The manufacturer together with its throttle body supplier Delphy modified the PCB manufacturing process and issued a technical service bulletin 09-23-5.



Depending on the condition of throttle control system malfunction, a driver may experience varying levels of reduced engine performance associated with three limp home modes. Now, in two limp modes, reduced engine performance may maintain vehicle speed above 20 mph while the third is a limited limp home mode with engine speeds limited to around 900 rpm. All complaints show an apparent increasing trend and so, a preliminary Evaluation has been opened to assess the scope, frequency and potential safety consequences with the alleged defect. These are all the information available for the moment on the matter.