In the early 90s, believe it or not, the Ford Taurus was the best selling car in the U.S. Today it's a headache Ford could do without.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration began an investigation last week of sticky accelerators in as many as 1.9 million Ford Taurus and Mercury Sable sedans. NHTSA told the AP that it has received 14 complaints of Taurus sedans accelerating on their own. So far, there have been no reports of crashes or injuries resulting from the problem.
A faulty cruise control cable may be the cause, AP reported. It can detach and hold the throttle open. The problem is similar to the situation that impacted Toyota two years ago when it chose to recall 14 million vehicles worldwide because of accelerator problems. At the time, NHTSA said at least 52 people were killed in crashed linked to that problem.
NHTSA began the investigation last week and it is uncertain whether a recall will be necessary. NHTSA is investigating 360,000 Tauruses from 2005 and 2006; and Sables from 2001 through 2004.
The Taurus and Sable are virtually identical and share almost all of the same parts. Ford introduced the Taurus in 1985 and even though it was the best selling vehicle in the early 90s, sales languished when the company shifted its attention to SUVs.
According to AP, Ford sold 63,526 Tauruses last year, just 15% of the total sold at the car's peak in 1992. Ford discontinued the Mercury brand in 2010.
Ford customers with questions about their cars can call Ford at 1-866-436-7332.