Jason Levine

Ford Stands By Its Car

December 8, 2003

The Free Press met with Ford Motor Co. representatives Oct. 30to discuss the Crown Victoria Police Interceptor's safety record. Following are excerpts from comments made by Sue Cischke, vice president for environmental and safety engineering at Ford.

PEOPLE HAVE DIED in every vehicle out there. There's not a nameplate vehicle out there that people haven't died in, but does that make it an issue?

HERE'S A VEHICLE that's been out there from 1992 to 2003 -- 350,000 of them, we believe, on the road.

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Critics Say Fuel Tanks Periously Placed

December 8, 2003
By Jennifer Dixon
Free Press Staff Writer

The Ford Crown Victoria, the Lincoln Town Car and the Mercury Grand Marquis are an old breed of big, traditional rear-wheel-drive sedans. All three vehicles get five stars from the federal government for holding up in front-end crashes, and at least four of five stars for side-impact crashes. The Grand Marquis and Crown Victoria also get top crash ratings from the well-respected Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, which is funded by the insurance industry.

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Reported deaths don’t add up

Analysis finds more fatal, fiery wrecks
December 8, 2003
By Jennifer Dixon and Megan Christensen
Free Press Staff Writers

When federal regulators cleared the Ford Crown Victoria, Mercury Grand Marquis and Lincoln Town Car of any safety defects last fall, they blamed fiery rear-impact crashes for just 16 deaths in sedans built between 1992 and 2001. But the Free Press has found that about 30 people died in fiery rear-end crashes in the vehicles during that time -- and at least 69 have perished since Ford Motor Co. launched the Panther platform in 1979.

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CAS Opposes Flexible Fuel Vehicle CAFE Credit

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April 10, 2002

Docket Management
U.S. Department of Transportation
Room PL-401
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Washington DC 20590

Re: DOT Docket No. NHTSA 2001-10774; 67 FR 10873 (Mar. 11, 2002)

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