Government ends investigation into Ford vehicles

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DETROIT (AP) — The federal government is closing an investigation into 1.6 million Ford vehicles that can lose engine power after Ford agreed to a remedy.

The year-long investigation involves Ford Escape and Mercury Mariner SUVs and Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan sedans from the 2009 through 2013 model years.

Vehicles with 2.5-liter and 3.0-liter engines can suddenly drop as low as 5 miles per hour because of material buildup in the electronic throttle body motor.

Ford and the government have received nearly 12,000 complaints about the issue. There is one reported injury.

Ford says new software won't fix the problem but affected vehicles travel at least 40 miles per hour. Ford also extended the warranty on the throttle bodies.

Ford is notifying owners that dealers will update their software for free.

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