67
      Sunday
      86 / 66
      Monday
      85 / 68
      Tuesday
      84 / 61

      Ford pays gov't $17.35M fine to settle recall spat


      Ford says it has paid the government $17.35 million to settle a dispute over allegations that Ford delayed a safety recall.


      The company says it paid the fine to avoid a lengthy dispute with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.


      The agency alleged that in May of 2011, Ford knew about a safety defect in Escape SUVs from the 2001 to 2004 model years. Yet the company didn't recall the vehicles until July of 2012.


      Ford recalled nearly 485,000 Escapes with V-6 engines to fix sticking gas pedals that could cause crashes.


      The company says the case was complicated, with a low number of reported problems. Ford says it's confident in how it identifies problems quickly and responds to them.

      component-story-more_media_horiz-v1-01
      FOLLOW US ON TWITTER