NHTSA Investigating Ford Escape, Mercury Mariner

May 2, 2011

The 2010-2011 Ford Escape and its former twin, the Mercury Mariner, are being investigated by federal safety officials for problems with shattering rear window glass.

The Detroit News says the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) will be studying more than 200,000 Escape and Mariner crossovers from the past two model years, in the wake of complaints about the glass in their rear liftgates. The paper reports that 18 complaints have been logged by the NHTSA from owners reporting shattered glass when opening or closing the rear liftgate.

One of the complainants was cut by falling glass.

Ford has issued a technical service bulletin (TSB) for the problem, but the NHTSA study is a possible step toward an official recall.

The NHTSA advisory indicates that the shattering glass could be related to cold weather.

[Detroit News]
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