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Ford Statement on Close of NHTSA Investigation

October 8, 2002

Sue Cischke, vice president of Environmental and Safety Engineering at Ford Motor Co. announced Oct. 3, 2002 that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) closed its investigation regarding the Ford Crown Victoria and fuel leaks during rear-impact crashes. NHTSA found that the vehicle not only meets the current standard for fuel systems during a 30mph test, but also that the Crown Victoria did not leak during a 50mph test. NHTSA also notes that the risk of fire per fatal rear crash in the Crown Victoria Police Interceptor vehicle is comparable to its main police competitor. Cischke added, "This closure confirms our own analysis of the Crown Victoria’s performance during rear impacts. The Crown Victoria has a strong overall record for safety, including the Police Interceptor, which faces higher risks due to the nature of police work." "We also support NHTSA’s invitation to the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) to form a joint panel to look at broader issues involving police safety. We believe government, as well as law enforcement and the auto manufacturers, should be involved in creating the safest possible environment for police," Cischke concluded.
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