Chinese Ford Transit Production Halted Over Pedal Concerns
Though Toyota is getting the brunt of the attention for what are apparently faulty gas pedals, the fact that the problem has been traced to supplier CTS means that Toyota isn’t the only OEM that’s shutting down production until a fix for the pedals is found. Bloomberg reports that Ford’s JV with Jiangling Motors in Nanchang, China has halted production of the Ford Transit commercial van, after switching over to CTS-supplied pedals in December. “We think it’s pretty isolated, but we are aggressively running it to ground,” Ford’s Alan Mulally told analysts in today’s financial results conference call. No other Transits are said to be affected, and Jiangling says that they have not received any reports of unintended acceleration for its Transits.
This sounds like responsible management to me.
Seriously, how hard is it to design a gas pedal? Then go back to 60's designs. The pedal in my 68 roadrunner never had a problem except that it was always on the floor anyway!
CTS claims that the pedals involved in the recall are made to Toyota specifications. This leads me to a bunch of questions: 1) Are the CTS pedals really made to Toyota specifications, or is there a manufacturing deviation from the spec? 2) Since no Japanese sourced vehicles are being recalled, presumably because they do not use CTS pedals, do those pedals have a different design than those used in the North American Toyota plants? If so, why? If the design is the same and CTS is really building to spec (see question #1), why are Japan sourced Toyota vehicles using that pedal also not recalled? 3) Why would Ford be using Toyota specified pedals in China, or is this a case of all CTS produced pedals being tarred with a broad brush? Edit: This site has some interesting info about the differences between the Denso pedal and the CTS pedal. http://www.insideline.com/toyota/toyota-pedal-recall-update-3-why-lexus-and-scion-vehicles-are-not-affected.html
I like the phrase "running it to ground" very much. I think I'll try to incorporate it into my everyday lexicon.