Dallas gave a failing grade to the latest device offered by Ford to reduce the chances of a rear-impact gas tank fire in the embattled Crown Victoria police car.
Tests of the automaker’s trunk packs – boxes designed to hold police gear in the trunk so it won’t puncture the fuel tank in a collision – were performed Thursday and Friday in California by an independent engineering firm hired by the city’s outside lawyers. The city is suing Ford in connection with last year’s death of a Dallas police officer.
The tests involved crashing Ford Tauruses into the backs of Crown Victorias at 75 mph, the same speed used during Ford’s own crash tests.
“All three tests failed miserably,” Dallas City Attorney Madeleine Johnson told the city’s Morning News. “There was substantial leakage in all three tests. … This tank split like a melon.”
Ford questioned the validity of the tests.