The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened up an investigation into 170,000 2005-’07 Ford Freestyles for unintended lunging at low speeds.
“Complainants allege that the vehicle brakes are effective in either preventing or stopping the movement, but in some cases the vehicle has moved as much as 10 feet if the brake was not applied, lightly applied or applied late. The movement resulting from the unexpected idle speed increase, often described as a ‘lunge,’ is alleged to have resulted in 18 minor crashes,” said the NHTSA in its defect investigations summary.
The NHTSA has also said the unintended lunging is worse during air-conditioning operation or when the steering wheel is turned a significant amount.
Ford spokesperson Susan Krusel said that the Blue Oval will be cooperating with the investigation.
Source: Inside Line