The 1997 Ford Explorer, Eddy Bauer Limited Edition, was famous for the amount of recalls it went through. Although some recalls had been played down as not to alarm the owners, other more important recalls were minimized by Ford Service Technicians, who failed to state the truth of the matter. I was told my vehicle had been recalled because of the speed control system wiring could somehow start a fire under the hood. Even after I asked specifically if the problem parts being recalled could have caused sudden acceleration while in cruise control, they still refused to tell me the truth of the matter. I use my cruise control religiously, set at 65, I looked up to see blue, and red lights behind me. Did I know I was going 83 miles per hour? Well, no, my cruise control said 65. I immediately took my car to the Ford Dealership, finding out about a recall that had just caused the reason for my speeding ticket. I took the time-dated stamped documents with the time-dated ticket to courts showing the problem was caused by mechanical failure and not for being a lead foot, to be fined $283 dollars. Am I guilty?
I think of vehicle infractions, failure to stop at a sign, failure to signal, driving recklessly, or in an unsafe manner.
I had told the court clerk this had happened last August, it was now December. I was moving out of state in January, and the closest court date I could get was in February.
Being a fairly prudent woman, and usually one of decent judgment, I took the ticket, the proof of the recall, the proof of correction, (that took place 20 minutes after I had been pulled over), Documents from National Car Safety Alliance, articles and cases from all over the world proving this vehicle had been recalled because of this. Showed that I have a clean CLEAN driving record, no speeding violations, no wrecks, no tickets in over 17 years. I told the judge I could not be here for a trial in February, and this was just the arraignment, over 5 months from the date of the violation, He would not hear it. What was my plea? If I am guilty it is unwitting. Apparently I am guilty but not for any intention, I showed him the recall information, proving I had immediately taken it for repair as soon as I found out something was wrong with my car, that I had not been driving in an unsafe manner. And he looked at me and said your fine is $283.00. » Read more: Fined $283 for a Vehicle Speeding Due to Mechanical Failure