Internal Ford documents about Explorer rollovers take a look at engineering

These days, federal safety investigators are scrutinizing Toyota, seeking the elusive causes behind hundreds of reports of unintended acceleration.

But a decade ago, the federal safety agency were facing another high-profile technical mystery: More than 100 people had died in Ford Explorers. Was it faulty Firestone tires or was the Explorer itself too prone to rollover?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration eventually sided with the automaker, blaming the tires and rejecting charges that the popular sport-utility vehicle was unstable.

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U.S. DOT Doubles Roof Strength Standard for Light Vehicles

DOT 58-09
Thursday, April 30, 2009
Contact: Rae Tyson

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