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    Default Cougar fire on 48 hours

    I just watched an episode of 48 hours on Investigation Discovery channel
    There was a woman charged with murdering her mother in an 87 Cougar by setting it on fire .
    Here first trial she was convicted , she appealed and was acquitted at her second trial .
    The ignition switch issues on our cars were never brought up in her first trial , but it was in her second one .
    It was a very interesting show , but what I really got out of it besides some of the flaws in our criminal justice system was...


    "Check your ignition switch if you have not already replaced it ."
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    Quote Originally Posted by hypostang View Post
    "Check your ignition switch if you have not already replaced it ."
    Replaced mine for the second time a little over a month ago. First and previous time was on the recall many years ago. The housing actually fell apart on me when I took the bolts out (or was it nuts?) last time - I'm not sure how as I couldn't get it to even fit back together although nothing was actually worn out. What I got out of it - peace of mind and more spring pressure when turning the key

    I don't remember what made me want to replace it in the first place - I think I may have had some electrical issue or something. I can't remember what it was though as all my electrical/ground issues still exist.

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    If the switch did indeed cause the fire, she should at least be charged with some sort of negligence, if not manslaughter.
    Or did she deliberately caused the fire...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ThunderbirdSport302 View Post
    If the switch did indeed cause the fire, she should at least be charged with some sort of negligence, if not manslaughter.
    Or did she deliberately caused the fire...

    HUH?
    Why should she be charged if the faulty ignition switch started the fire?

    They prosecution said she started the fire.
    The defense showed in second trial that that their was a known problem with the switches,and evidence of other fires in other vehicles. And both sides said that the "point of origin" was near the steering column.

    Any way after hearing about the switch recall and other fires they acquitted her.
    I'm sure there were other reasons for the verdict as well .

    I do know when I bought my present Bird there was evidence of heat / fire in the column wiring at the switch .
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    Ignition switches in a large amount of Ford vehicles were recalled.
    Her ignition switch was apparently the cause of this fire.
    Did she or did she not replace, or have replaced said switch?
    Her mother died in the resulting fire.

    See my point?

    Of course, not everyone has heard of or knew of this recall.

    I'd be more worried about her actions of trying to, or not trying to get her mother out of the burning car. Was anything said about that?

    Of course, all I know about this is what I've read here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ThunderbirdSport302 View Post
    Ignition switches in a large amount of Ford vehicles were recalled.
    Her ignition switch was apparently the cause of this fire.
    Did she or did she not replace, or have replaced said switch?
    Her mother died in the resulting fire.

    See my point?

    Of course, not everyone has heard of or knew of this recall.

    I'd be more worried about her actions of trying to, or not trying to get her mother out of the burning car. Was anything said about that?

    Of course, all I know about this is what I've read here.
    I gotcha ,
    The original indecent happened before the recall in 94 or 95. The trial and stuff happened after (the wheels of justice turn slowly )

    From what I was able to gather there was a crash and subsequent fire , the daughter had gone to get help came back to a flaming car.
    These were also not young people the daughter was in her late 30s
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    There is a rerun tomorrow morning @4:00am
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    Quote Originally Posted by hypostang View Post
    I gotcha ,
    The original indecent happened before the recall in 94 or 95. The trial and stuff happened after (the wheels of justice turn slowly )

    From what I was able to gather there was a crash and subsequent fire , the daughter had gone to get help came back to a flaming car.
    These were also not young people the daughter was in her late 30s
    I reckon this case is one of many reasons to never talk to the police and part two is here.
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    I saw that a year or two ago. Interesting story.
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