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Ford agrees to late recall fine

The logo of Ford Motor Co is seen at the company's assembly plant after an emergency meeting with the plant management in Genk October 24, 2
The logo of Ford Motor Co is seen at the company's assembly plant after an emergency meeting with the plant management in Genk October 24, 2

DEARBORN (WKZO) -- The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Ford Motor Company have settled a dispute over the alleged late recall of 2001-2004 Ford Escape and Mazda Tribute SUV's over a faulty gas pedal.

The Dearborn-based automaker will pay a fine of 17.35-million dollars.   As part of the agreement, Ford is not admitting to violating the U.S. Safety Act for not notifying customers in "timely manner" of a possible problem.

The recall affected 423-thousand vehicles and Ford still faces the possibility of civil or criminal liabilities.

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