Ford Taurus investigated for safety hazards 0

The Ford Tarus is currently under scrutiny for potential safety hazards. Reports from America confirm that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) are investigating the model for faulty accelerators.

Enquiry opened up in March

The enquiry opened up during the middle of March. The investigations come after there were 14 complaints in the United States about the problems. The models in question were developed in 2005 and 2006. There have been no accidents or injuries from the related problem. The problems included cruise control cables becoming loose and dodgy throttles too. Some have complained that the brakes within their vehicle cut off. This means that some drivers have been forced to go into neutral mode or even switching off the engine.

Reported incidents

There have been reports that one driver had gone through a red light. Driving at 70 miles per hour, both feet were on the brakes and the car still failed to stop. The model was a 2005 Taurus. The driver explained how frightening the situation was for him. He said “Wow, the scariest thing I have ever experienced. If there was heavy traffic someone would have been killed, no doubt in my mind. I am very fearful to drive it, because you never know when it will do it again.”

Over revving the vehicle

Another reported problem deriving from the number 14 figure was that the car was revving at all mighty 4,000 RPM whilst in park mode. Normally the revs should be at 1,000 RPM. The situation was stopped after the gas pedal was tapped twice.

No recalls yet

At the moment there has been no full recalled ordered as the investigation is at early stages. Experts believe that the current investigations will lead to a full recall.

Ford will cooperate

Ford have released a statement saying that they will assist with the NHTSA’s investigation. “We are aware of the NHTSA investigation and, as always, we will cooperate fully with the agency,”

The Ford Taurus reputatation

The latest piece of news regarding the Ford Taurus is sure to damage the reputation of the car. Recently the sales of the car were slowing down. 2011 saw a final sales figure of 63,526 which accounts for just 15 per cent of sales figures in 1992, where the Taurus reached it’s all time record.

This is not the first time that the model has had problems. Back in 2008, the car was recalled for problems regarding it’s cruise control system which potentially led to fires.