Ford wins CVPI Class Action Lawsuit in Illinois

Ford wins CVPI Class Action Lawsuit in Illinois DEARBORN, Mich., Oct. 15, 2004 ? An Illinois jury today returned a
verdict that the Crown Victoria Police Interceptor is a safe, reliable police car, following findings by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) that the car exceeds federal standards for fuel system safety. "No design can eliminate all risk in 70 mph or 80 mph collisions into parked police vehicles," said Ford attorney Doug Lampe. "The plaintiffs' attorneys were asking for a vehicle that's never been designed by a car company anywhere in the world ? a car that is guaranteed to eliminate all risk of fuel leakage in such high-speed collisions. Instead, the jury used its common sense and found that the Police Interceptor has a proven record of safe, dependable service in high-risk police work. "Ford is committed to making a safe car even safer, but courtroom engineering is not the answer." Lampe said. "To improve police officer safety in traffic stops requires a focus on the root of the problem: drunk driving." There have been no accidents or injuries in the state of Illinois. This case was a class-action trial based on the value of after-market equipment sought by plaintiffs and did not have anything to do with personal injury. This case was about plaintiffs' lawyers representing Illinois officers that have had no accidents, asking for compensation for equipment that was not ordered, not paid for, and that does not add to the safety of the vehicle. Neither the bladder nor the fire suppression powder panel is a proven technology. To improve police officer safety in traffic stops requires a focus on the root of the problem: drunk driving. "The same plaintiffs' lawyers who brought this lawsuit also petitioned NHTSA to open an investigation into the Police Interceptor," Lampe pointed out. "NHTSA closed its investigation without ordering a recall. Having failed to convince the proper regulatory authorities, the plaintiffs' lawyers sought to have a court-sponsored vehicle designed by the lawyers, with the lawyers earning a percentage fee. But they failed in that effort, as well. "If this issue comes to trial in other states, we believe there will be similar verdicts because the Police Interceptor remains the vehicle of choice by the people who drive them: law enforcement officers," Lampe said. "In Illinois and in the handful of other states where litigation is pending against Ford, the same departments included in class-action lawsuits continued to purchase more Police Interceptors even after the lawsuits are filed. Police themselves apparently don't agree with the allegations made by the plaintiffs' attorneys." Lampe noted that Ford has maintained its 85% market share in the police pursuit market for the last decade, despite the continued criticism of the plaintiffs' bar. In the accidents cited by the plaintiffs' lawyers, the officers' stationary vehicles were struck by intoxicated drivers going at extremely high rates of speed ? 70, 80 and even 100 miles per hour. The Police Interceptor is designed to be extremely durable and safe. It exceeds existing safety regulations. Further, it even exceeds the next-generation of fuel system standards, which are projected to be first applicable to the 2006 model year. The Police Interceptor has earned the government's 5-Star crash rating, the highest vehicle crashworthiness rating possible. It provides body-on-frame construction, rear-wheel drive and a live-rear axle ? features highly valued in police work. State and federal accident data show that the rate of fires following high-speed rear collisions involving the Police Interceptor is comparable to other make and model vehicles, including those with the same or alternative fuel tank locations, despite its high-risk usage as a police vehicle.
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Yay!!!!!!!
This is the most overblown crap since the famed Pinto case where the parents sued because they didnt get to bury their kids open-casket
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