Feds Investigating New Ford Mustang
Here is a quick follow up to the You tube video we posted on our Brothers performance Facebook page a few months back of a Mustang owner unable to shift his car into gear on his Chinese gearbox !
David Shepardson/ Detroit News Washington Bureau
Washington — Federal safety officials have opened investigations into new Ford Mustangs with manual transmissions over erratic shifting.
In documents posted Sunday, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it was opening a preliminary investigation into 26,000 2011-12 Mustang vehicles.
NHTSA said it has received 32 complaints alleging an unexpected inability to shift into gear on Mustangs equipped with manual transmissions that some suggested had nearly led to crashes. Some reports said incidents occurred while merging into high speed traffic, while others said incidents occurred while turning left across oncoming traffic.
NHTSA generally investigates for up to a year before deciding whether to upgrade an investigation into an engineering analysis.
In many cases, an investigation ends before then — when either an automaker voluntarily recalls vehicles or the government ends the probe for lack of evidence.
Ford said it was aware of the investigation. "We will fully cooperate with the government as they review this matter," spokesman Wes Sherwood said.
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Report Date :August 11, 2011 at 02:11 PM
NHTSA Action Number :PE11024
NHTSA Action Number : PE11024NHTSA Recall Campaign Number : N/A
Vehicle Make / Model: Model Year(s):
FORD / MUSTANG 2011-2012
Manufacturer : FORD MOTOR COMPANY
POWER TRAIN:MANUAL TRANSMISSION
Date Investigation Opened : August 3, 2011
Date Investigation Closed : Open
ODI has received 32 complaints alleging an unexpected inability to shift into gear on model year (MY)2011-2012 Ford Mustangs equipped with manual transmissions. Some reports allege incidents occurred while merging into high speed traffic and others allege that incidents occurred while turning left across oncoming traffic. Some complainants allege that the erratic shifting behavior almost caused a collision with adjacent vehicles. A Preliminary Evaluation has been opened to assess the scope, frequency and potential safety consequences associated with the alleged defect.