NHTSA — Vehicle Speed Control: Cables Problems


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
40,789 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2001 Mercury Sable Owner Comments

problem #5

Sep 072012

Sable 6-cyl

  • 120,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Mercury Sable. The contact stated that while driving 40 mph, the vehicle continued accelerating independently up to 50 mph. The contact had not engaged the accelerator pedal when the failure occurred. The contact then applied the brakes and shifted into neutral in order to stop the vehicle. The vehicle was completely shut off and then restarted however, the engine roared with an increase in rpms of over 4000. The contact had to maintain pressure on the brake pedal. The vehicle was not taken to a repair shop or the dealer for diagnostic testing or repairs. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure and current mileage was 120,000. Updated 09/26/12 the dealer replaced the accelerator cable. Updated 09/27/12

- Leander, TX, USA

problem #4

Sep 092006

Sable 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2001 Sable accelerator cable come out of the housing, causing the engine to decelerate.

- Pearland, TX, USA

problem #3

Jul 012005

Sable 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 29,500 miles
Consumer was driving through hotel parking lot at low speed when the vehicle quickly accelerated striking 2 cars and scaling a 3 1/2 feet wall, dropping over and finally coming to a rest. The attending officer discovered that there was a broken throttle cable and suspected this was the cause of loss of control of the vehicle. It was totaled.

- Fort Worth, TX, USA

problem #2

Jun 282005

Sable 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 29,500 miles
Consumer was driving through parking lot at low speed when the car suddenly accelerated at great speed. The consumer was unable to slow the vehicle down before it struck 2 vehicles, and sped over a 3 1/2 foot high wall where it went over and came to a rest. Upon inspection, the attending police officer discovered a broken throttle cable which he believed caused the vehicle to act the way that it did. The car was totaled. Currently awaiting insurance report.

- Fort Worth, TX, USA

problem #1

Oct 152004

Sable 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 24,943 miles
The accelerator cable snapped while driving on a bridge. The vehicle was towed to the dealer and repaired.

- Bronx, NY, USA

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