Safety Regulators Investigating Claims Of Sticky Throttles In Ford Tauruses

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is looking into claims that 2005-2006 Ford Tauruses are having acceleration problems, reminding us that the Ford Taurus still exists. Those cars have been around so long, it’s more like, dino-taurus! Am I right?

Terrible puns aside, the NHTSA is taking complaints that accelerators in those model years are sticking, says the Associated Press. However, they’re not looking into the Mercury Sable, which uses almost exactly the same parts as the Taurus and is practically identical. No injuries or crashes have been reported yet.

The investigation encompasses almost 360,000 vehicles, and could possibly lead to a recall if the complaints turn out to be true. Drivers are saying it’s hard to stop the car with the brakes, or turn off the engine or shift to neutral to stop. One driver ran a red light before being able to stop.

Ford spokesman Daniel Pierce said the company is cooperating in the probe, adding that he’s not sure why the Sable isn’t part of the investigation. . He said the company was just notified of the investigation and he did not know why the Sable was not included.

US investigates stuck throttles in Ford Tauruses [Associated Press]