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Harvester didn't warn of tractor hazard, FTC finds

International Harvester broke the law by failing to warn consumers that it's tractors posed a safety hazard, the Federal Trade Commission ruled Thursday. The ruling stems from a 1980 commission complaint that the tractors had a fault that could result in a stream of hot fuel being ejected through a loosened gas cap, posing the danger of serious fires.

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The commission complained that the company knew about the problem as early as 1963 but did not take any action until 1980, when it sent out warnings.

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