Models being investigated, recalled because of problems

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Ford sedans, SUVs

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 for 2009-2011 model years.

The vehicles can unexpectedly go into “limp home mode” at reduced power, the agency said.

The cars and SUVs haven’t been recalled, but the investigation could lead to a recall.

Toyota Prius

DETROIT — Auto safety regulators in the U.S. 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 2004-2009 model years.

Automotive Systems Analysis, of Reston, Va., said in a petition that the upper steering shaft failed and came loose from the electric power assist steering column. The laboratory said that the upper steering shaft wasn’t installed properly, causing the metal to fail.

Hyundai Veloster

DETROIT — Hyundai is adding more Veloster hatchbacks to a recall for panoramic sunroofs that can shatter and cause injuries.

In December, the automaker recalled about 13,500 of the cars from the 2012 model year. Now it’s adding about 6,100 more, bringing the total to 19,600 in the U.S.

Hyundai said in December that it knows of no crashes from the problem, but five people suffered minor cuts.

Hyundai says it will inspect and replace the glass if needed.


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