750,000 Ford, Mercury Vehicles Under NHTSA Investigation

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has opened an investigation concerning engine issues for about 750,000 Ford and Mercury vehicles.
According to an NHTSA press release, the investigation is related to a malfunctioning throttle body that can lead to dangerous engine stalling problems on Ford's 2005-2012 Escape and 2011-2012 Fusion, as well as Mercury's 2005-2011 Mariner and 2011 Milan.

It's not a recall yet, but if you own one of these models you might want to stick with NHTSA until this investigation is over.

"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. In two limp modes, reduced engine performance may maintain vehicle speeds above 20mph while the third is a limited limp home mode with engine speeds limited to approximately 900 RPM," said NHTSA.

123 stalling complaints have been received by the NHTSA, while Ford reportedly recorded 1,472 complaints for the afore-mentioned models.
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