The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has closed an investigation into defective engine cables in more than 467,000 Ford Taurus and Mercury Sable cars. This came after Ford Motor Co. said it would fix the problem without issuing a recall. Damaged speed control cables on Taurus and Sable cars from the 2000 through 2003 model years with Duratec engines failed to enable the driver to brake properly. NHTSA posted documents relating to the probe last month. The cables can become damaged during underhood maintenance, such as replacing the battery or changing the air filter.
NHTSA called off the investigation, which started last October, after Ford said it would inspect and repair all affected models. The repair program will run through August 31. There is no mileage limit on the progress. Ford will also reimburse drivers if they’ve paid for similar repairs in the past. The refunds will be offered through the end of the year. There were no fatalities or injuries reported as a result of the defect, but NHTSA said there were 100 complaints and five accidents reported due to the issue with the speed control.
Source: Claims Journal
Contact us today for a free legal consultation with an experienced attorney.
Fields marked *may be required for submission.
If you would like to subscribe to the Jere Beasley Report digital edition, simply visit our Subscriptions page and provide the necessary information or call us at 800-898-2034.
Attorney Advertising - Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.