Now, I’m no fan of health and safety stupidity, but sometimes, it can really crack you up. This is one of those times. Ford has had to recall a whopping 243 Shelby GT500s due to an extremely serious issue with the tires.
Yes, this issue is truly insane. The scope is enormous, and the danger could threaten literally no lives at all. Ford hasn’t even made an apology. Shame on them. So what’s this issue then?
Well, Ford hasn’t labeled their tires properly, the size is incorrect, and they’ll be sending out new labels to owners to get it fixed. Yeah. Real dangerous, really requires a recall. Welcome to the world of health and safety. So if you own a Shelby GT500, don’t you dare drive it until that label arrives in the mail. It could kill you.
If you want to take this seriously though, feel free to read through the press release below.
49 CFR Part 573 – NON-COMPLIANCE INFORMATION REPORT
10L05 – 2010 MODEL YEAR FORD MUSTANG SHELBY GT 500 VEHICLES
Pursuant to Part 573 of Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Defect and Non-compliance Reports, Ford Motor Company (Ford) submits the following information concerning a potential non-compliance to the requirements of Section S4.3(d) of FMVSS 110 for ertain 2010 model year Mustang Shelby GT 500 vehicles.
573.6 (c) (2) – Potentially Affected Vehicles
Certain 2010 model year Mustang Shelby GT 500 vehicles built from October 28,2009, through December 3, 2009, at the Auto Alliance International facility are potentially affected
Because these vehicles are not produced in VIN order, information as to the applicability of this action to specific vehicles can best be obtained by either calling Ford’s toll~free line (1~866~436-7332) or by contacting a local Ford or Lincoln/Mercury dealer who can obtain specific information regarding the vehicles from the Ford On-Hne Automotive Service Information System (OASIS) database.
573.6 (c) (3) – Estimated Population of Vehicles Potentially Affected
Approximately 243 vehicles in the United States and federalized territories.
573.6 (c) (4) – Estimated Percentage of Affected Vehicles with the Condition
573.6 (c) (5) – Description of Non-Compliance
FMVSS 110 Section 4.3(d) states that the tire size designation for the tires Installed at the time of first purchase must be shown on the ‘Tire and Loading Information’ placard affixed to the driver’s side B-pillar. An administrative error caused incorrect rear tire size information to be shown on the placard. All other information on the placard is correct. As of January 8,2010, there are no reports of accidents or injuries attributed to this condition.
573.6 (c) (7) – Basis of Non-Compliance Determination
During an audit of labels for 2010 and 2011 model year vehicles, the ‘Tire and Loading Information’ placard for the subject vehicles was found to contain an incorrect tire size for the rear tires. Subsequent review found that an inadvertent input of inaccurate data into the computer application that feeds the label printing system occurred on October 21, 2009, and all ‘Tire and Loading Information’ placards and Safety Certification labels printed from that date until December 3, 2009, for the subject vehicles contained incorrect information for rear tire size. All vehicles built in this period were equipped with the proper rear tires for this application.
573.6 (c) (8) ~Service Program
Ford has notified dealers not to deliver the affected vehicles until the rear tire size information is corrected. Ford will produce supplemental labels containing the ‘as built’ rear tire information to correct the ‘Tire and Loading Information’ placard. This label will be mailed to the affected owners with instructions for installation. Customers will be given the opportunity to have the label installed by the dealer at no cost if the customer does not feel comfortable installing the label.
Mailing of owner notification Jetters will occur on February 8, 2010, Notification to dealers will occur on January 27, 2010.
In accordance with Part 573.13 (d)(1), Ford is excluding reimbursement for costs incurred by owners for repair of this problem because Ford’s original warranty program would provide for a free repair for this concern for customers.
573.6 (c) (10) – Press Statement and Dealer/Owner Letters
Ford does not at this time plan to make a public statement concerning the subject matter of this action A copy of the notification letters to dealers and owners from Ford will be forwarded when available.
573.6 (c) (11) – Recall Number
Ford has assigned recall number 10L05 to this action.