Hidden behind Toyota recalls and its own brake recall, Ford's issued a recall of defective 2010 Shelby GT500 rear tires. How the recall affects you below so you can possibly keep your family alive.
The scope of the issue is incredible, with a staggering 243 muscle cars affected by the potentially deadly defect. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration the tire loading and information requirements printed on the tires does NOT conform to "federal motor vehicle safety standards No. 110."
But Ford's also stumbled and fallen on providing NHTSA with the correct information they need. According to NHTSA:
"THE MANUFACTURER HAS NOT YET PROVIDED THE AGENCY WITH A DESCRIPTION OF THE CONSEQUENCE AS IT RELATES TO MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY."
This response makes us wonder whether an automaker can expect to be seen as a paragon of safety if they can't provide the necessary data to NHTSA on important recalls like one for FMVSS #110.
We've yet to see a public apology from CEO Alan Mulally about the recall, so it's safe to assume Ford is in denial about the massive recall. Nor are Ford executives on morning news programs, but the automaker's already decided — perhaps in light of Toyota's slow response to its recall woes — to issue an immediate fix. We're told the fix entails a package arriving in the hands of owners along with instructions on how to install a vital, missing component to the GT500 tires. We're told the vital component, a piece of vinyl about 1" by 0.5" with a material that may or may not be sticky that must be affixed to the tire to provide owners the correct size information.
We expect that this effort could cost the company literally hundreds of dollars to remedy, threatening profitability and shattering public perception. But, at least they've prevented countless hundreds of claims of physical and or psychological damage caused by the missing — umm — what's the component called again? Ah, yes, a label.