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Ford Pays $17 Million to Settle Escape Recall Charges

Ford Motor Co. has agreed to pay a $17.35 million fine to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) as settlement over a recall concerning certain older Escape models.
2003 Ford Escape 1 photo
The automaker payed the maximum fine to resolve claims that it took too long to notify its customer of a gas pedal defect. The issue was discovered in about 423,000 Ford Escapes with 3.0-liter V6 engines and speed control from model years 2001 through 2004. The recall was announced in August 2008, although US auto regulators claim it should have been made in 2005.

According to Automotive News, the fine was paid on July 26.

"We are absolutely committed to addressing potential vehicle issues and responding quickly for our customers," a Ford spokeswoman said in a statement. We take the safety of our customers seriously and continuously evaluate our processes for improvements. While we are confident in our current processes for quickly identifying and addressing potential vehicle issues, Ford agreed to this settlement to avoid a lengthy dispute with the government."

Story via AutomotiveNews


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