NHTSA Investigates The 2011-12 Ford Mustang

by Ionut Dragomir

Being one of the most prized American cars, for the most part the 2011, Ford Mustang has been void of any major problems, but, as you probably know already,the only thing that caused trouble it’s the transmission. One of the cars which has been the subject of oneTSB regarding cold shifting problems is the Chinese-built Getrag MT-82 6-speed.

Sunday, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it was opening a preliminary investigation into 26,000 2011-12 Mustang vehicles, the probe based on 32 complaints to the agency about the MT82 transmissions built by a Ford-Getrag joint venture in China.

About this inability to shift into gear on Mustangs equipped with manual transmissions 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.

In addition to this, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration also said it is investigating 40,000 2011 Jetta TDI vehicles after it received seven complaints alleging leakage from the fuel line to the fuel injector. Accordin to Detroit News, NHTSA said the common rail fuel system in the subject vehicles operates at extremely high fuel injection pressure — up to 1,800 bar/26,000 psi — and the incident mileages range from 2,470 to 7,764 miles.

NHTSA also said it has one similar complaint from a VW Golf also equipped 2.0L TDI engine.

You must know that the two investigations are not related and NHTSA generally investigates for up to a year before deciding whether to upgrade an investigation into an engineering analysis. When either an automaker voluntarily recalls vehicles or the government ends the probe for lack of evidence, a thing that happens often, the investigation ends.

Ford said it was aware of the investigation. “We will fully cooperate with the government as they review this matter,” spokesman Wes Sherwood said.

Source: Detroit News

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