The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating 725,000 Ford Motor Co. sedans and crossover vehicles after receiving reports of possible fuel system problems that could cause a sudden loss of engine power. The vehicles under investigation are the Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan sedans and Ford Escape and Mercury Mariner crossovers. According to NHTSA’s Office of Defects Investigation (ODI), “consumers have reported incidents of electronic throttle body failure while driving, resulting in sudden reduction of engine power.” Ford said it’s “cooperating fully with the government on this investigation.”
NHTSA’s initial report on the investigation said ODI had received 123 complaints and that Ford had received 1,472 complaints. NHTSA also said 27,505 warranty claims had been filed relating to “repair or replacement of the subject component.” As you probably know, the electronic throttle body is part of the engine’s fuel delivery system. We will continue to monitor this investigation.
Source: Claims Journal
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