NHTSA probes stalling complaints from electric Ford Focus owners

Article by Anita Panait, on September 16, 2013

The United States National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is probing incidents of stalling in Ford Focus electric cars after getting 12 consumer complaints. The preliminary evaluation covers 2012-2013 models years of the Focus electric cars and was launched after 11 of the 12 complaints claimed the vehicle shut down while driving, according to documents filed with the NHTSA.

The probe covers around 1,000 of the Focus plug-ins, which were launched in 2012. Around half of the incidents occurred while drivers were cruising at speeds above 30 mph, with all complaints received within the past five months, according to the NHTSA. No accidents or injuries, however were reported. A Ford spokeswoman said the carmaker is cooperating with NHTSA over the probe. NHTSA typically commences a preliminary evaluation when consumer complaints or manufacturer service bulletins suggest a possibly harmful defect.

Depending on the result, NHTSA either commences an engineering analysis or closes the probe. Depending on the result of the engineering analysis, a vehicle may be recalled or the inquiry may be closed. On the other hand, NHTSA is probing braking problems in BMW 328i cars from model year 2013 after receiving four consumer complaints.

The agency commenced the probe after receiving complaints on alleged difficulty in braking the car and increased stopping distance, according to documents filed with the NHTSA. The probe covers around 90,000 BMW units. Three of the complaints indicate that the dealer diagnosed the problem with the vacuum pump, according to the NHTSA.

Topics: ford, ford focus, nhtsa

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