Say you're an auto manufacturer, like Ford, for example, and you release a car (or a bunch of cars) that were built with a faulty component, like, say, a rearview camera system, and people start filing complaints.
It sounds like a bummer of a situation for Ford, right? Well, it is. If NHTSA finds out that Ford dragged its feet or didn't go far enough with the recall, it's likely to levy some fines. Even more, the agency is planning on investigating Ford's own internal reporting policies to make sure that they comply with NHTSA standards.
The recall, which went out in September of 2020, affected models as wide-ranging as the Edge, Escape, Expedition, Explorer, F-150, F-250, F-350, F-450, F-550, Mustang, Ranger and Transit vans.
We reached out to Ford for an official statement but didn't hear back in time for publication.