Ford fined over safety record
Earlier this month the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration fined car company Ford Motor $17.35 million for taking too long to recall more than 400,000 SUVs that were susceptible to sudden acceleration, a problem that was linked to at least one death and nine injuries in crashes.
The case was recently reported by US website Corporate Crime Register (CCR), however, it went unreported in the mainstream press after the NHTSA decided not to issue a press release about the penalty.
The CCR reports that a Ford Escape accelerated without the driver depressing the accelerator pedal, leading to the death of a teenage driver. The vehicle, along with thousands of the same model, was the subject of a recall in 2004 for the sudden acceleration problem.
According to the CCR, the fix had a tendency in some cases to make the problem worse.
Ford notified Ford dealers, and the NHTSA, about the problem but failed to notify the other 500,000 million or so owners of the vehicles. Ford only instituted another recall to finally fix the problem after the death of the teenage driver.
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