NEW YORK (AP) - Ford Motor Co. has halted production of some full-sizedcommercial vehicles in China because they contain gas pedals builtby the same company behind the accelerators in Toyota Motor Corp.'srecent recall.
Ford spokesman Said Deep said Thursday the diesel version of itsTransit Classic built by a Chinese joint venture containsaccelerators built by CTS Corp., based in Elkhart, Ind. Thevehicles began production in December and only about 1,600 havebeen produced, he said.
In a statement, Ford partner Jiangling Motors Co. said therehave been no reported problems with the Transit Classic, but it isconducting a review of pedal assembly part to determine the nextstep. The diesel Transit Classic is the Ford's only vehicle thatcontains gas pedal parts made by CTS, Deep said.
A CTS spokesman was not immediately available to comment.
Accelerators made by CTS are at the center of a massive recalland production halt by Toyota over fears that the gas pedals mayget stuck and cause unintended acceleration. CTS makes gas pedalsystems for various automakers, though Toyota and Ford are the onlyones to announce production stoppages.
"That's part of our routine process -- when a company has arecall, you conduct a review and determine if you share any of thesame vendors, design, parts," Deep said.
Jiangling has been making a version of the Ford Transitcommercial van since the late 1990s and markets its own-brand sportutility vehicle, the Landwind, in China and Europe. The Transit isbuilt in Nanchang in southeastern China.
Associated Press Writer Elaine Kurtenbach in Shanghaicontributed to this report.
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