FORD ESCAPE: The nonprofit North Carolina Consumers Council has asked federal regulators to investigate two complaints from drivers who say the Ford Escape stalled or surged forward. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will look at 1.6 million Escapes from the 2005 to 2012 model years. If the NHTSA decides to launch a formal investigation, it could lead to a recall of some of the popular SUVs. The Escape has been recalled four times since July, with the 2013 version responsible for three of the recalls.
HONDA PILOT AND ODYSSEY: The NHTSA is investigating complaints that Honda Odyssey minivans and Pilot SUVs can roll away after drivers remove the ignition key. The investigation affects more than 577,000 vehicles from the 2003 and 2004 model years with automatic transmissions. The problem is caused by failure of the mechanism that locks the key into the ignition. When that happens, drivers of the vans and the SUVs are able to remove keys without shifting into park. No fix has been determined yet.
Hyundai Veloster: The panoramic sunroof on the funky hatchbacks can shatter without warning. The NHTSA is investigating the problem, although no cars have been recalled. The inquiry affects about 18,000 vehicles from the 2012 model year. Shattering glass could distract the driver and hurt people in the car, the agency said. A few people have complained of minor scratches from the glass, but there are no reports of crashes, according to the NHTSA, which will figure out whether the problem is bad enough to require a recall.