As reported by The Los Angeles Times, Ford Motor Company has recently been fined 17.35 million dollars by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). According to safety regulators, the fine was levied for the company taking too long to recall vehicles.
Reports indicate that in July 2012, 423,634 model year 2001 through 2004 Ford Escape and Mazda Tribute vehicles with V-6 engines, were being recalled for sticking gas pedals. Unfortunately for Ford, however, it allegedly knew about the defect since May 2011 but waited more than one year to begin the recall.
The NHTSA deemed the time lag between May 2011 and July 2012 in violation of the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act. Regardless, Ford has remarked that they have confidence in their defect and recall identification processes and paid the fine to avoid a lengthy court battle with the U.S. government.
The NHTSA reports that sticking gas pedals were linked to nine injuries and one fatality in various crashes.
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