DEARBORN, Mich. -- Ford Motor Co. announced a voluntary recall of approximately 424,164 2000-2002 model year Ford Taurus and Mercury Sable cars with adjustable pedals. The cars were built between May 3, 1999, and Sept. 14, 2001.
Ford said it has received reports that some of the cars may have less lateral space between the brake pedal and accelerator than others, resulting in pedal misapplication. A Ford investigation determined that manufacturing variability could lead to different spacing between the pedals.
The adjustable function, which allows drivers to simultaneously move the brake and accelerator closer or farther away from them, does not affect lateral spacing. However, Ford urged all customers to familiarize themselves with pedal adjustment and positioning before driving. Other vehicles with adjustable pedals are not affected by the recall.