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#6 of 35 Re: Edge with accelerator surge? [tedsmom]
Apr 25, 2008 (1:31 pm)
You are truly lucky to have been able to avoid an accident. It will be interesting to see what the Ford dealer finds. More than likely the computer scan will come up empty...I have been there.
This is most appreciated to see your post as the lady we insure is very credible and did crash as a result of her alleged accelerator surge . Unfortunately there will have to more incidents posted in the near future to back up these claims. As stated already, the car will have to tell us what happened and ours did not.
#8 of 35 Re: Edge with accelerator surge? [tedsmom]
Jul 24, 2008 (10:54 am)
I hope you successfully resolved this issue. I had what sounds like the exact same problem with my Ford Windstar in the 90s (don't recall the model year).
I too was accussed of "driver error." That was absolutely not the case. I was fortunate that my Ford dealership finally agreed to replace the entire brake system. Eventually I was contacted by the NHTSA requesting information as to whether my issue was resolved and if so how. I was told that seven other incidents had been reported.
#9 of 35 your foot was on the brake and gas at the same time.
Jul 29, 2008 (9:40 am)
The brake peddle is higher than the gas so you were able to start to slow then when you pressed the brake peddle to the level of the gas peddle your foot was over to the right far enough to start to hit the gas peddle as well.
Once you adjusted your foot to stomp on the brake then you also adjusted your foot over onto the brake peddle and off of the gas.
If you were wearing any kind of sandal or flip flop, I would bet money that this is what happened. People don't realize how wide sandals and flip flops are compared to regular shoes.
#10 of 35 Re: your foot was on the brake and gas at the same time. [mschmal]
Aug 28, 2008 (5:17 pm)
After calming down and looking at how close the brake pedal is to the accelerator (and how big my feet are), I decided that is exactly what happened. My dealer was very willing to check things out, though, but I decided not to and have had no further problems. I really love the Edge!
#11 of 35 Brake Pedal too close to Gas Pedal
Nov 20, 2008 (10:54 pm)
I had the same problem while driving a 2008 Ford P/U at work. Two or three times it felt as if the accelerator had stuck as I was trying to brake the vehicle. The last time was at a traffic light with a Police officer watching me slide into the intersection. Not a good thing.
I called our garage and ask the manager if he knew of any recalls on Ford pick ups because of this problem. He said none that he was aware of but that I was the second person in the yard to have this complaint with Ford P/U's.
I believe what actually happened was that I was inadvertently pressing both pedals at the same time. My personal vehicle is a Chevy P/U, so I am use to the 'pedal spread' being much wider. I have never had this problem in my Chevy.
I searched on line and see a pattern since at least 2002 where Ford pedals have been placed too close together, even causing recalls in some models. I guess the designers can not learn from past mistakes.
There will be accidents because of this problem and there will be law suits.
#12 of 35 Ford Edge Surge
Sep 26, 2011 (11:13 am)
I have a surge of a different nature than the ones posted. When I press the accelerator, the car seems to die and then takes off. A real problem when you are trying to pull out in fast moving traffic. Any ideas? The dealership is replacing the throttle thing but I'm not sure that is the problem.
#13 of 35 Re: Ford Edge Surge [tabbyd]
Sep 27, 2011 (7:46 am)
hesitation abolition wwest -dfg
#14 of 35 Re: Brake Pedal too close to Gas Pedal [andros1]
Sep 27, 2011 (10:45 am)
This post is certain to generate some flak, but if one person benefits, it's worth it.
Try left-foot braking. It's not for everyone ... some lack the discipline & coordination to do it properly. If you master it, you'll be a safer, smoother driver.
Slow-speed maneuvering is more precise ... parking is smoother & less likely to collide with something.
When I read of an elderly (sometimes not elderly) driver mistaking the gas pedal for the brake, mowing down pedestrians, crashing into a building, speeding uncontrollably backward out of their driveway, I have to believe that in all but a few cases, they were right-foot brakers.
I accept any rational flak.
#15 of 35 Re: Brake Pedal too close to Gas Pedal [lateralg]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Sep 27, 2011 (11:19 am)
Well, a couple of three decades ago I was a left foot braker. I think driving a manual for a long time got me more used to braking with my right foot. There's something common-sensical, if not supported by any evidence, that says that using your right foot to brake automatically gets your foot off the gas.
Judging by the number of people you see driving along (and speeding up), with their brake lights on the whole time, there may be more left foot brakers out there than you think. But if you are standing on the brakes, that'll override a foot on the gas.
Now, if the pedals are too close to each other, that does cause problems.