The National Highway Traffic and Safety Association entered into an a agreement with Ford Motor Company whereby Ford agreed to pay a $17.35 million dollar fine for dragging its’ feet regarding the recall of Ford Escapes and Mazda Tributes. The vehicles allegedly had a throttle defect which could cause the throttles to stick in the open position resulting in sudden acceleration of the vehicles. The throttle defects have been linked to nine injuries and one death.
The National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act requires auto manufacturers to notify owners, dealers and NHTSA of known defects. NHTSA alleged that Ford failed to timely give notice of the throttle defect. Although Ford officially denied the allegations it agreed to pay the multi-million dollar fine.
Remember, this is the same Ford Motor Company that failed to disclose the gas tank defect in the Ford Pinto that resulted in the fiery deaths of Pinto drivers.
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