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Ford Motor Co. (F) is recalling 484,600 Escape and Maverick sport-utility vehicles because a cruise control defect may cause the throttle to stick, leading to unintended acceleration.

The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced it was investigating the safety defect July 17, based on 99 complaints, including 13 involving crashes, one of which killed a 17-year-old Arizona girl.

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