Ford recall is a strength, not a weakness, according to Bloomberg.
Everyone makes mistakes, so it isn’t necessarily a poor reflection on Ford Motor Co. that it has just recalled 161,334 vehicles because they are vulnerable to spontaneous engine fires. (Tesla Motors Inc. isn’t the only one.)
What might be a concern to consumers is the pattern: This is the seventh recall of the automaker’s 2013 Escape crossover model, which went on sale last year. Five of the problems had to do with fires and one of the two recalls announced this week was motivated by concerns that mechanics had botched repairs required by an earlier recall.
Although this might raise questions about quality control at Ford’s plant in Louisville, Kentucky, which made all of the defective vehicles, the recalls illustrate an important point: Although car accidents still cause a shocking number of deaths in the U.S., regulation has dramatically improved automotive safety.