The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating complaints that the Ford Freestyle crossover vehicle can lunge unexpectedly when driving at low speeds or idling. According to the agency, it has received 238 complaints involving 2005 through 2007 Freestyles. Eighteen minor crashes were reported to NHTSA with one minor injury. The seven-seat family haulers can lunge up to ten feet when the driver’s foot is not on the accelerator or firmly on the brakes, according to NHTSA. But it says stepping on the brakes does firmly stop the car from moving.
The probe began on May 11th and it covers about 170,000 Freestyles. NHTSA will decide if a safety recall is necessary. Incidents of brief acceleration have been reported in both forward and reverse gears, according to NHTSA. As you may recall, Ford renamed the Freestyle the Taurus X during the 2008 model year and stopped making the vehicle in February of 2009. Details of the investigation were posted in mid-May on NHTSA’s website.
Source: Lawyers USA Online
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