recent death of a Missouri state trooper in a fiery crash has prompted
Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-NY, to ask federal authorities to reopen their
investigation into Ford Motor Co.'s Crown Victoria, the most popular
model police car.
a letter to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration,
Schumer urged the agency to look into the issue of deadly gas tank
explosions on the Crown Victoria.
know that there's a problem, and now we need to figure out what
we need to do to solve it,” the New York Democrat said in a statement.
“If that means changing cars so that a different model is used,
so be it. Time is of the essence.”
unions and some political leaders have complained about the safety
record of the Crown Victoria Police Interceptor. About 350,000 of
the vehicles are on the nation's roads as patrol cars for approximately
80 percent of police departments.
1983, 14 officers have died in crashes when their Crown Victorias’
gas tanks caught fire after being hit from behind.
Missouri last week, a 25-year-old trooper died in a wreck while
pulled over on Interstate 70. Last December, New York state trooper
Robert Ambrose was killed on a Yonkers highway when his patrol car
was struck from behind. Ambrose's family is suing Ford.
automaker has denied the cars are dangerous, but initiated a program
of retrofitting older models with plastic shields designed to better
protect the gas tanks.