The AP (3/13, Krisher) reports the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is “investigating sticky accelerators in as many as 1.9 million Ford Taurus and Mercury Sable sedans.” The probe, which began last week has expanded “to include cars from the 2001 through 2006 model years.” In the 14 complaints of Taurus sedans accelerating on their own, the agency hasn’t heard “of crashes or injuries because of the problem.” The agency suggested that “a faulty cruise control cable” that “can detach and hold the throttle open” could be the problem.
The Detroit News (3/13, Shepardson) reports NHTSA spokeswoman Lynda Tran said the agency “is carefully evaluating all available data and will share any findings upon conclusion of its investigation.” Adding that the “request ‘is inquiring about a broader population in order to obtain a basis for comparison,’” she also said that “it isn’t uncommon to look at similar vehicles as part of a preliminary investigation.”
Car manufacturers such as Ford have a legal responsibility to ensure that their product is safe for use by consumers and end-users. Despite laws and regulations governing the safe manufacture of products, thousands of people continue to suffer serious injuries every year because of inadequate design or faulty manufacturing.
If you or someone you know suspect that you may have been injured as a result of a defective product, please contact the experienced Springfield products liability attorneys of Strong-Garner-Bauer, P.C. at 417-887-4300.