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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
2,060 miles

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2009 Ford Fusion Owner Comments

problem #2

Jul 092010

Fusion 4-cyl

  • miles


2009 Ford Fusion. Attorney sent letter on behalf of client in regards to consumer applying brakes while driving and the passing gear failed to disengage the consumer attempted to pass a small motorhome. After pulling out of the eastbound lane, a vehicle came around a curve heading West. The consumer decided against passing and immediately applied the brakes. Upon applying the brakes, the passing gear failed to disengage. The gas pedal locked to the floor and the vehicle continued to accelerate. As the vehicle accelerated, the consumer depressed the brake and maneuvered the vehicle back into the eastbound lane. The engine was still running at full throttle, even though she kept her foot on the brake while applying as much pressure as she could. She then put the vehicle into neutral gear, with her foot still pressing full-force on the brake. Although the engine was still running at full throttle, she was able to reduce the speed of the vehicle and came to a stop. After putting the vehicle in the park position, the engine sounded as though it was still racing and she continued to apply the brake. Only after turning off the vehicle, did the engine stop. After letting the vehicle cool off, because the front end was hot and the rear end smelled like hot brakes and burned rubber, the gas pedal was still stuck to the floor and there was no interference from the floor mat. The pedal was stuck at the upper part of the pedal closest to the front of the vehicle. She reached down and forcefully pulled the gas pedal upward to return it to its normal position. During that action, she heard a sound of a click. The dealer was unable to find anything wrong with the vehicle.

- Great Falls, MT, USA

problem #1

Jul 092010

Fusion 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 4,120 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Ford Fusion. The contact stated that while driving 60 mph and trying to pass a vehicle, the engine started to race and the rpms increased. The contact was able to get the vehicle to stop once she shifted into neutral gear with her foot on the brake pedal. The engine continued to race even after the vehicle came to a stop. The gas pedal was still engaged and attempting to accelerate even after the contact was able to stop the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer to be diagnosed. The failure and current mileages were 4120. The consumer stated the accelerator became stuck to the floor. She had to literally pull the gas pedal up and there was a sound of a click. Updated evoq 08/20/10 updated 09/28/10 updated 10/04/10 the consumer stated she has since experienced another episode of sudden acceleration which was similar to the first incident on July 9, 2010. The consumer stated the sudden acceleration occurred as she was passing another vehicle. She heard the engine racing and the accelerator would not disengage when she applied the brake. The pedal, once again stuck to the floor. Her husband had previously attached a nylon cord from the accelerator to the automatic shift control handle on the console. The consumer was able to pull the cord to get the accelerator pedal to disengage. She was then able to slow down and stop the vehicle. The consumer looked down and noticed the floor mat was not attached to the hook that secured it. The floor mat, however was not located near the accelerator pedal. When she moved the floor mat towards the driver seat, the engine stopped racing. Updated 12/22/11.

- Cut Bank, MT, USA

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