A non-profit consumer safety group formally asked the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to investigate the cruise control cables on 320,000 Ford Escapes. The claim cites an accident involving a 17-year old in Payson, AZ. The family of the victim hired an expert who inspected the engine of the 2002 Escape that the teen was driving and reported that the cable was snagged. The Safety group suspects that the vehicles must have been damaged during a repair for an unrelated recall, making the vehicles subject to unintended acceleration. The investigation involves Ford Escapes form the 2002-2004 model years. The original recall on the vehicles covered about 470,000 Escapes equipped with the 3-liter V-6 engine. It was issued to prevent accelerator the accelerator cable from snagging on the accelerator pedal, which could have prevented the engine from returning to idle.
The Consumer Safety group argued that in Oct. of 2005 Ford sent a technical service bulletin to dealers cautioning mechanics to not damage the adjacent cruise control cable during while repairing the issue of the recall. Ford has never officially informed the 320,000 owners whom had the recall repair performed that the repair could have resulted in further damage to the vehicles cruise control. Claims have been made that Ford should conduct a recall and should that the safety organization should pursue a civil fine. It is stated in federal regulations that a manufacturer is required to inform the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration within five working days of a recall. There were 133 complaints on the safety agency’s website from owners of 2002-2004 Escapes that experiences unintended acceleration.
An investigation has not been confirmed yet. The agency must decide whether the claim has sufficient merit to begin a formal investigation. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident due to unintended acceleration please call Begam & Marks for representation.