Investigation into 2005-2012 Ford & Mercury Throttle Bodies Following Petition from NCCC
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Investigation into 2005-2012 Ford & Mercury Throttle Bodies Following Petition from NCCC

consumers reported that their electronic throttle bodies failed, causing reduced engine power

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has opened a preliminary investigation into throttle body failures in 2005-2012 Ford Escape vehicles in direct response to a defect petition from NCCC.

Petition for investigation

In a letter dated August 30, 2012, The North Carolina Consumers Council (NCCC) petitioned the NHTSA to initiate a defect investigation of alleged electronic throttle body failures resulting in engine stall or surge while entering traffic from a stopped position or while driving at highway speeds in model year 2005 through 2012 Ford Escape vehicles.

Supporting Evidence

As supporting evidence, NCCC cited two complaints of stall while driving in 2009 Ford Escape vehicles that were diagnosed as failed throttle bodies with diagnostic trouble codes P2111, Throttle Body Stuck Open, and P2222, Throttle Body Stuck Closed. NCCC sent one of the throttle bodies to the NHTSA for an engineering analysis.

The owners of both vehicles reported experiencing repeated incidents of stalling and engine surging. In both cases, drivers reported no warning signs prior to the initial failure or prior to subsequent failures.

Ford's Response

"Ford does not believe that a vehicle experiencing a throttle body issue that results in an FMEM mode presents an unreasonable risk to motor vehicle safety. Ford's electronic throttle control strategy allows the engine to operate and provides the driver with some amount of vehicle mobility to maneuver their vehicle to a safe location, even in the most severe FMEM mode."

Next Steps

A copy of the petition will be placed NHTSA's public file. The petition will be evaluated for a grant or deny decision.

If the NHTSA makes the decision to continue with their investigation into the issue, it will decide what, if any, additional steps should be taken at the conclusion of that investigation. This could include a safety recall of all affected Ford Escape, Ford Fusion, Mercury Milan and Mercury Mariner vehicles.

What You Should Do

NCCC believes in accountability for all consumer products, even when accountability means a loss of money for the manufacturer. Companies should stand by the products they sell, not abandon them to the consumer's pocketbook.

NCCC encourages consumers to continue reporting this defect and other safety defects to NHTSA so that their vehicle information can help identify defects. Please include your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) in your complaint, if possible.

Get The Word Out

Getting the word out may not help you with your particular issue, but you may be able to help others before they experience the same problems.

Share this article with your family, friends and colleagues. You may help them learn about the defect and keep them from becoming another statistic.

Extended Warranty Issued

Ford has issued an extended warranty for defective throttle body assemblies and sensors for 10 years or 150,000 miles from the data of original purchase. For vehicles past this time limit, the warranty is valid until January 31, 2015.

Affected owners should contact Ford and mention Consumer Satisfaction Program 13N03.

What Can NCCC Do For Me?

We regret that we are not able to offer any specific guidance for consumers experiencing this issue. The investigation is now closed (see updated information below) and the time limits for the extended warranty has expired for many vehicles. You may success with filing small claims actions through a local court or by hiring a private attorney.

Updated Information

Ford Issues Extended Warranty to Cover Throttle Body Assemblies
NHTSA Closes Investigation into Allegedly Defective Ford Throttle Bodies