NHTSA To Investigate Stalling, Surging Engines In 775k Ford Cars, SUVs

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2011 Ford Escape (Ford Photo)

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DETROIT (AP) – Government regulators will investigate problems with stalling or surging engines in nearly 775,000 Ford passenger cars and SUVs.

The problem affects 2009 through 2011 Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan sedans as well as Ford Escape and Mercury Mariner small SUVs from the same model years.

Ford and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have jointly received close to 1,500 complaints about the problem. There’s been one injury accident.

Meanwhile, NHTSA is deciding whether to look into a complaint that the steering can fail on Toyota Prius hybrids. The issue could impact 561,000 cars from the 2004 through ’09 model years.

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