DEARBORN, MI – Checks and balances in Ford Motor Co.’s vehicle design process are under the microscope as part of the automaker’s latest bid to improve quality, says James J. Padilla, group vice president-North America. “We need to make sure we get robustness tests for components, systems and vehicles that reflect customer duty cycles,” Padilla says, adding it has begun to take place at Ford “in an accelerated manner.” His remarks come in the wake of a recall affecting nearly 280,000 ’00 ...

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