About 660,000 Ford Escape and Mazda Tribute SUVs are being recalled for a defective auto part that results in issues with the throttle. According to Consumer Reports, the auto recall involves 2001 to 2004 model year Escapes as well as 2001 to 2006 and 2008 Tribute SUVs. Officials with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) say the SUVs have a design flaw that causes the throttle to stick even when the cruise control system is not on.
The recall was announced only a week after news broke that there was an ongoing investigation into consumer complaints regarding stuck throttles in these vehicles. The probe uncovered an inadequate clearance between the speed control cable connector and the vehicle’s engine cover. The defective design causes the throttle to get stuck as if the accelerator pedal is fully depressed. Free repairs will be offered to the owners of the vehicles affected by this auto recall.
The Dangers of Sticky Throttles
It can be extremely dangerous to travel in a vehicle with a defective throttle. Whenever the design of a vehicle results in throttle issues, it is likely that the auto manufacturer will have to issue an immediate recall. It is crucial that vehicles have properly working throttles. If there is sudden and unintended acceleration it may be impossible to slow the vehicle. Victims in these types of situations may desperately slam on their brake pedal or even pull their emergency brakes to no avail. Sadly, defective throttles have been linked to a number of serious injury and fatal accidents. Toyota recalled more than 11 million vehicles three years ago as some of its vehicle models accelerated uncontrollably due to sticky gas pedals and faulty floor mats. More