just adding a personal experience with the old Audi "unintended
acceleration" that some have referenced. I think that finally died-down
and was attributed to driver error (the brake and pedal being too close
contributed and it was concluded that some people didn't completely
engage the "Park" position).
During that period I was waiting in my car in a parking lot. An Audi
parked next to me, the driver left it running while he ran into the
store. The car was a low idle.
A good 4 minutes went by when suddenly the thing took off in reverse at
full throttle........sufficient to accelerate rapidly, demolish the
steel guard rails, continue another 40 feet, over a fence an down into a
ravine with such force to be completely demolished.
Assume Audi throttles were mechanical then.......but if the cause was
that "Park" wasn't completely engaged, what accounts for the throttle
going wide open at the same time it slipped into Reverse? Doesn't it
seem likely that there was some other componant involved, like a
Point is, we'll probably never know the truth about any such problems:
between company cover-ups and inept government "experts" we can't trust
whatever conclusion they finally feed us.
For a Ford connection, how about their old cruise controls that were
connected to the throttle with a "ball chain"? Had one of those on a
"67 'Bird.....in some situations the slack in the ball chain would get
tangled in the linkage and off you would go. Back then things were
simpler: when it happened to me I went to the dealer and the Service
Manager said "I wouldn't trust that thing and recommend you take it
off". We did....and I don't remember there being any recall or further