November 21, 2022
“It’s something that’s a serious issue,” said Michael Brooks of the Center For Auto Safety, a consumer watchdog agency. He says what happened to the Donaldsons is a sign of a much bigger problem: the government requiring automakers to notify people of safety recalls only by U.S. mail. It’s a 55-year-old rule, crafted long before…
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On June 9, 1978, Ford Motor Company agreed to recall 1.5 million Ford Pinto and 30,000 Mercury Bobcat sedan and hatchback models for fuel tank design defects which made the vehicles susceptible to fire in the of a moderate-speed rear end collision.
The side saddle fuel tank design installed in over 10 million trucks – all 1973-87 General Motors full-size pickups and cab-chassis trucks (pickups without beds) and some 1988-91 dual cab or RV chassis – is the worst auto crash fire defect in the history of the U.S. Department of Transportation.