Ford Freestyles Probed Over Reports Of Sudden Lunges

Law360, New York (May 16, 2011, 8:15 PM EDT) -- Federal safety regulators launched a probe Wednesday of Ford Motor Co.'s Freestyle, saying they had received hundreds of reports that the crossover sport utility vehicle could lunge forward without the driver pressing the gas pedal.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it was investigating some 238 complaints that Ford Freestyles from 2005 through 2007 unexpectedly accelerated as much as 10 feet when the driver’s foot wasn’t on the accelerator.

The probe comes within a week of the NHTSA’s announcement that it would expand its investigation...
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