Federal investigators end probe into stuck throttles in Ford Escapes after ABC15 Investigation – 2/28/13
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After seven months, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) closed its investigation into a safety defect and recall involving stuck throttles in 2001-2004 model year Ford Escapes and 2001-2008 Mazda Tributes.
Despite three reported deaths related to the defect and pressure from auto safety advocates, the agency is not pursuing any civil fines against the automakers for failing to recall the SUVs years earlier.
“It’s a total miscarriage of justice,” said Clarence Ditlow, auto safety advocate and Executive Director of the Center for Auto Safety in Washington.