Ford Pays $17M For Dragging Feet On Sticky Throttle Recall

Law360, New York (August 1, 2013, 3:11 PM EDT) -- Ford Motor Co. has paid $17.3 million to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to settle claims that it was slow to recall one of its SUVs with suspected sticky throttles, the agency announced Thursday.

The settlement resolves allegations that Ford delayed recalling its 2001-04 Escape models after learning of a speed-control defect, where the throttle wouldn't return to idle when the accelerator pedal was released, according to NHTSA filings. Ford paid the NHTSA on July 26, after the agency notified the carmaker that it was...
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