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FBI Seizes More Evidence Against Former Ford Engineer

Automaker turns over email records to investigators.

by on Aug.07, 2014

Ford is cooperating with the FBI in an investigation of a former employee fired by the company.

As a result of its ongoing investigation of a fired Ford Motor Co. engineer, the FBI seized the contents of that former employee’s work email account and a computer disk today.

The company fired former engineer Sharon Leach, 43, after it was discovered she’d placed listening devices in several of the company’s conference rooms. After Ford security discovered she’s placed the devices, Leach, a 17-year employee, claimed she used them to help her with note taking during meeting. However, they also recorded parts of other meetings.

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Leach has not been charged with a crime. (more…)

Ford Adds Another 1.2 mil Trucks to F-Series Recall

Feds also expanding probe into possible “rollaway” Fords.

by on Apr.14, 2011

Ford now has expanded the F-Series recall to include more than 1.3 million trucks.

Under pressure from federal regulators who had expanded an investigation into a reported airbag problem, Ford Motor Co. now says it will recall another 1.2 million F-Series pickups, increasing more than tenfold a recall first announced in February.

The maker initially planned to recall just 144,000 F-Series trucks produced at its plant in Norfolk.  An apparent assembly line problem was blamed for occasional wiring damage that could cause the vehicle’s airbags to fire inadvertently.  But government regulators argued that the recall should cover a far broader range of the full-size trucks.

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, meanwhile, has expanded a probe of 1.5 million Ford sport-utility vehicles linked to a defect that could cause them to roll away even though the driver believed the vehicle had been shifted into Park.

“We’re recalling the complete population of (F-Series) trucks built between 2003 – which marked the start of production of the all-new 2004 truck – and 2006, 1.2 million vehicles in the U.S.” explained Ford spokesman Wes Sherwood, following the makers decision to expand the original safety action.