State Action

Schumer Urges Federal Investigation Into Mechanically Flawed Police Cars That Have Killed 15 Officers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May, 28, 2003

Two police officers in the U.S. endured accidents in the last ten days when their Crown Victoria police cars were rear-ended and then exploded; Yonkers officer died in similar accident last December

Schumer urges National Highway Transportation Safety Administration to investigate why the cars are susceptible to fiery accidents, and how to better remedy the problem; Previous attempts to retro-fit the cars have had little impact

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Letter to NHTSA Administrator Runge from Senator Charles Schumer

May 28, 2003

Dr. Jeffrey Runge
National Highway Transportation Safety Administration
400 Seventh Street, SW
Washington, DC 20590

Dear Administrator Runge:

I am writing to request that the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) open a comprehensive investigation into possible structural defects that cause the Ford Crown Victoria to explode upon rear-end impact despite recent safety upgrades.

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CAS Letter to Arizona Attorney General Janet Napolitano

September 26, 2002

Honorable Janet Napolitano
Attorney General of Arizona
1275 West Washington Street
Phoenix AZ 85007

Dear Attorney General Napolitano:

We appreciate your work to try to get Ford Motor Company to recall its Crown Victoria Police Interceptors (CVPI) for defective fuel systems which explode on impact.1 The Ford dominated Technical Panel is about to make recommendations on technical fixes.

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