Feds probe Taurus, Sable for stuck throttles - WTOC-TV: Savannah, Beaufort, SC, News, Weather & Sports

Feds probe Taurus, Sable for stuck throttles

Posted: Updated:
  • NationalMore>>

  • Views differ of imam accused in US terrorism case

    Views differ of imam accused in US terrorism case

    Friday, April 18 2014 6:21 AM EDT2014-04-18 10:21:00 GMT
    A New York jury has heard two widely differing descriptions of an Egyptian imam accused of carrying out terrorism offenses while he led a London mosque.More >>
    An Egyptian imam who led a London mosque more than a dozen years ago was portrayed in opening statements at his terrorism trial as an enthusiastic supporter of al-Qaida by a prosecutor and as a reasonable man who helped...More >>
  • Remembering an officer slain after bombs went off

    Remembering an officer slain after bombs went off

    Friday, April 18 2014 6:01 AM EDT2014-04-18 10:01:29 GMT
    Relatives of the police officer authorities say was killed by the Boston bombing suspects are remembering him a year later.More >>
    Like many other youngsters, Sean Collier wanted to be a police officer. Unlike most, he brought that dream to life - and then died doing it, becoming a central character in one of the most gripping manhunts the nation has...More >>
  • Student struggles to recount fatal truck-bus crash

    Student struggles to recount fatal truck-bus crash

    Friday, April 18 2014 3:50 AM EDT2014-04-18 07:50:56 GMT
    Most of the 911 calls from witnesses to last week's fiery truck-bus collision that killed 10 were matter of fact. Then there was the one from a passenger: With shrieks in the background, the student struggled...More >>
    Most of the 911 calls from witnesses to last week's fiery truck-bus collision that killed 10 were matter of fact. Then there was the one from a passenger: With shrieks in the background, the student struggled to...More >>

DETROIT (AP) - A U.S. government safety agency has opened an investigation into complaints that the throttles can stick on some older-model Ford Taurus and Mercury Sable sedans.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said in documents posted on its website Friday that 50 drivers have complained about the problem in cars from the 2000 through 2003 model years. No crashes have been reported and no one has been hurt, according to the documents.

The probe affects an estimated 310,000 cars in the U.S. that have four-valve, 3-liter V-6 Duratec engines. NHTSA says a speed-control cable collar can fracture at a mounting bracket and cause the throttles to stick open.

No recall has been issued yet. Investigators will determine whether the problem is bad enough to cause a recall.

Ford says it is cooperating with the agency and doing its own analysis. The company can't offer advice to owners of the cars until it determines the exact cause of the problem, spokeswoman Marcey Zwiebel said.

"Until we are able to gather more information and complete our own investigation, we cannot speculate as to what actually occurred during the reported incidents," she said.

The Ford Taurus and Mercury Sable and are nearly identical cars. Ford ended the Mercury brand two years ago.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

Powered by WorldNow