A preliminary investigation has been opened by U.S. safety regulators over a problem with the throttle of Ford Taurus sedans getting stuck in an open position. This probe by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration covers about 360,000 Ford Taurus sedans from model years 2005 and 2006. The agency had received 14 consumer complaints based on incidents of a stuck throttle as the result of a cruise control cable detachment.
If the agency finds that a safety issue has to be addressed then this may lead to a recall. Ford Motor Co. is cooperating with the agency, according to a company spokesman. Documents filed with the NHTSA indicate that these complaints claim that the engine has been going as fast as around 4,000 revolutions per minute after shifting the car into park or neutral.
Some say that when this happened, it became hard to slow down the car with the service brakes. One report said that when the car eventually halted, it had gone through a red light and was partially in an intersection. Several drivers said that to stop the car, they needed to turn off the engine or shift into neutral.