Ford engine problems face federal review


DETROIT — The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it will investigate problems with stalling or surging engines in nearly 725,000 Ford cars and SUVs.

The probe affects Ford Escape and Mercury Mariner SUVs and Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan sedans from the 2009 through 2011 model years.

The vehicles can unexpectedly go into “limp home mode” at reduced power, the agency said in documents posted Monday on its Web site. NHTSA and Ford have received almost 1,500 complaints about the problem. There were three crashes and one injury.

Complaint may lead to Toyota Prius probe

DETROIT — Auto safety regulators in the United States are deciding whether they will investigate a complaint that the steering can fail on the Toyota Prius.

An automotive testing laboratory in Virginia asked for the investigation after it evaluated a 2005 Prius owned by a client, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Monday.

The probe could affect about 561,000 of the gas-electric hybrids from the 2004 through 2009 model years.