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 |  Mar 15 2012, 5:01 PM


The Ford Motor Company had a lawsuit issued against it today for allegedly selling F-150 trucks and E class vans over a 10-year period with defective fuel tank linings.

According to Automotive News, Ford issued a secret technical service bulletin to dealers advising them of the issue back in 2007. Neither a recall nor an attempt to fix the problem was ever publicly announced or discussed by the company.

Now, a lawsuit has been filed against Ford by Coba Landscaping and Construction Inc and its principal Galo Coba for fraud, breach of warranty and unjust enrichment. The company is seeking compensatory, punitive and treble damages.

If this case picks up steam, expect countless others to jump onboard and file suits of their own. The secret technical service bulletin also said, “hundreds, if not thousands” of customers have experienced the defect.

The faulty lining inside the gas tank flakes off and eventually ends up clogging the fuel lines, causing sudden power loss, unintended bucking or kicking and possible engine stall.

[Source: Automotive News]

 |  Feb 13 2009, 11:50 AM


An Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officer in the Canadian province of Ontario has been charged with “Street Racing” in her police cruiser while on duty.

The officer was charged with the offense after she was stopped by a Bryant County OPP officer on Highway 403, west of Toronto. Det. Const. Heidi Fischer was clocked going 165 km/h (103 mph) in a 100 km/r (62 mph) zone.

Det. Const. Fischer was not racing another car, but according to “street racing” legislation passed in 2007 by the Ontario Provincial Government, anyone caught going more than 50 km/h over the posted speed limit can be charged with a new street racing offense.

“The subsequent investigation found that the officer was not within the lawful execution of her duties at the time,” police said.

Her license was suspended for seven days and the OPP unmarked vehicle was impounded for seven days. Det. Const. Fischer is due to appear in court in March where things could get much worse for her. Upon conviction, she could face a maximum fine of $10,000 and a license suspension of 2 years. (Repeat offenders can face a license suspension for up to 10 years).

And we though Canada was full of socialists, not Nazis.

This is not the first time a police officer in the province of Ontario has been charged under the new legislation either. OPP Constable Lloyd Tapp was charged last year on Highway 35-115, southwest of Peterborough. Constable Michael Deyell, is recovering from injuries suffered during a late-night collision with two horses on a highway, also near Peterborough. Const. Deyell was also charged last year after allegedly exceeding the posted limit by more than 60 km/h when he hit two horses on another highway near Peterborough.

These aren’t the most bizzare cases either. According to a garbage truck was busted for street racing last year.

[Source: The Toronto Star & National Post]