FORD is recalling nearly 20,000 Escorts, Mondeos, Scorpios and Explorers in the UK to correct potential defects. It has recalled 3,100 Explorers in the UK amid fears the throttle could jam open. The manufacturer has written to and phoned all owners of its off-road model asking them to come in for free rectification work on the driver's carpet and wiring insulation, which can foul the throttle pedal and linkage.
A spokeswoman for the company said: 'We have identified a condition that suggested the throttle pedal might not return to its normal idle position. This is only on UK models and it is a precautionary measure.'
At a recent inquest in Bristol, a coroner said that vehicle defects in the Explorer were 'a major contributory factor' in a fatal accident, when the throttle of a city businessman's Ford off-roader jammed open. Ford declined to comment on the matter as the case was in the hands of lawyers.
- Vauxhall says a recall of MPVs in the US on which the Sintra is based, does not affect drivers in the UK. In America, GM is recalling up to 152,000 cars after several owners' fingers were ripped off by a seat release lever while trying to take seats out of the vehicle.