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

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DETROIT (AP) - 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.

The Associated Press is an independent global news organization dedicated to factual reporting.
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