Rollover/Roof Crush

Before Toyota, There Was Ford-Firestone


by Myron Levin


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Nearly a decade before Toyota and sudden acceleration, there was Ford-Firestone, a scandal of similar proportions.

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.

U.S. DOT Doubles Roof Strength Standard for Light Vehicles
DOT 58-09
Thursday, April 30, 2009
Contact: Rae Tyson

Toyota Accused of Hiding Evidence

Former Lawyer at Automaker Charges Evidence in Rollover Cases Was Concealed, Destroyed

(CBS)  By CBS News Investigative Unit Contributor Myron Levin

VIDEO: Weak Vehicle Roofs Lead to Deaths

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CAS Rollover Tests Show Federal Government’s Roof Strength Standard Will Not Protect Vehicle Occupants

Statement of CAS Executive Director Clarence Ditlow

Dynamic JRS Rollover Occupant Protection Tests Report Sept. 9, 2008

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