Federal Safety Agency Investigating 3 Car Companies

1.3 million Toyota, Ford, and Honda vehicles are being investigated. No recalls have been announced, but this investigation could lead to a recall.

Approximately 725,000 Ford cars and SUVs are being investigated. Vehicles under fire include Ford Escape, Mercury Marnier SUVs, Ford Fusion, and Mercury Milan from the model years 2009 through 2011. There have been different problems associated with these vehicles. The biggest safety issue is vehicle stalling. Ford and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have received 1,500 complaints about the problem. There have been three crashes and one injury related to this problem.

The American car manufacturer has reported that vehicles produced from June 22, 2009 to October 15, 2009 may contain faulty circuit boards that affect the throttles. After October 15, 2009, Ford changed its circuit board manufacturing process. According to Ford, the problem was resolved after this change.

Japanese car manufacturer, Toyota, is also being investigated. The Toyota Prius is being investigated. 561,000 Prius vehicles built between 2004 and 2009 are affected by the investigation. The federal investigation will be inspecting the vehicles’ steering shafts. The steering shafts may have been improperly assembled.

These affected vehicles were also part of another Toyota recall that also involved steering shaft issues. In the recall, 669,000 were recalled. The steering assembly of these vehicles could deform if the driver made frequent aggressive turns at low speeds. In another Prius recall, the Prius was recalled for steering related issues. The steering issues could cause the driver to lose control of the vehicle. A total of 170,000 vehicles were affected by this recall.

Japanese car manufacturer, Honda, is also under investigation. 87,000 Honda Pilots, produced in 2005, are affected by the investigation. The federal agency has received 205 reports of unexpected severe braking. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration believes that this problem could be caused by a faulty sensor in the Vehicle Stability Assist system.

If you experience any safety issues with your vehicle, please do not hesitate to report it. Your report could save many lives. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration takes these complaints very seriously. These particular investigations were the result of nonprofit safety groups. If you experience a car accident because of a safety issue, you should also contact an Orange County car accident lawyer. Contact the Law Offices of Dara Khajavi, if you have any questions. There are absolutely no charges until your case is won.