Ford Crown Victoria safety problems have resulted in officers' deaths and lawsuits.
By VICTOR E. SASSON
Did the Teaneck officer's car experience power-steering problems before it hit a telephone pole near police headquarters early Monday?
Did the reporters try to talk to the paramedics who were called to the scene to get a description of his injuries? Obviously not.
A 10-month federal investigation ended today without finding a defect in the Ford Crown Victoria police cars linked to the fiery deaths of a dozen officers. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said the car exceeds federal standards for fuel system safety and the rate of fires was not much greater than with Chevrolet Caprice police cars. Each of the 12 officers' deaths since 1983 involved a Crown Victoria gas tank catching fire, often after being hit in the rear in a high-speed crash.The New York Times, Oct. 4, 2002
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Ford stopped selling the Crown Victoria to the public, but continues to supply them to police agencies and taxi fleets.