Ford Taurus and Mercury Sable Vehicles under Investigation for Allegedly Defective Stuck Throttles

Ford Taurus and Mercury Sable Vehicles under Investigation for Allegedly Defective Stuck Throttles
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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has launched an investigation into alleged sticking throttle in model year (MY) 2000-2003 Ford Taurus and Mercury Sable vehicles equipped with 4-valve 3.0L V6 Duratec engines.

The NHTSA's Office of Defects Investigation has received 50 complaints alleging incidents of stuck throttle due to fractured speed control cable collars in the affected vehicles.

The speed control cable assembly is unique to the subject vehicles and the subject failure mode has not been observed in MY 2000 through 2003 Taurus/Sable vehicles equipped with the 2-valve 3.0L V6 Vulcan engine or in any of the MY 2004 through 2007 Taurus/Sable vehicles.

The fractured cable allows the cable ferrule to move relative to the collar. This may result in a stuck throttle condition if the ferrule hangs up on the shoulder of the collar when the throttle is closing. This condition has resulted in throttles stuck at approximately 26% open.

A Preliminary Evaluation has been opened to determine the scope, frequency and safety-related consequences of the alleged defect. Upon the conclusion of this investigation, ODI will determine what, if any, additional steps need to be taken, including a potential recall of all affected Taurus and Sable vehicles.

Ford seems to be having a lot of trouble with speed control and throttle bodies lately. This investigations comes on the heels of a number of other investigations for throttle body and speed control issues. To see more, search "ford throttle" in the search bar at the top of the screen.

What You Should Do

If you have a defect with your vehicle that is the same or similar to this one, please file a complaint with NHTSA. The total amount of time involved is approximately five minutes. As the investigation is ongoing, NCCC is unable to assist consumers further with this issue other than by referring them to NHTSA to add their complaints.