Cupka Jr., Leader, CVPI Technical Task Force, Ford Motor Co., to Law Enforcement Customers (May 2003), available at www.cvpi.com/pdfs/SafetyMessage.pdf (last visited Sept.
Although political and legal pressures have forced the company to implement improvements, the CVPIs sold today remain rolling fire bombs.
(5) Notwithstanding this 30-year legacy of automotive engineering knowledge, Ford manufactured its 1992-2003 CVPIs with numerous sharp components that have repeatedly punctured fuel tanks.
The following September, Ford announced that it would make an "optional upgrade kit" available without charge for CVPIs in police service.
Also in mid-2002, the Phoenix police force learned that racing-type bladders could be used in CVPIs and even retrofitted to vehicles already on the road.
Although the free optional upgrade shields--now installed in about 350,000 CVPIs in use nationwide--have prevented puncture of the front of the fuel tank, rear-impact punctures have continued.
Ford's initial plans were to manufacture about 12,000 trunk packs annually, not enough to retrofit the 350,000 CVPIs in service.
(11) As a result, the company's safety testing of the CVPIs was inadequate.
(12) In 1994, the Florida Highway Patrol requested that Ford conduct rear-end crash tests at 75 mph for all of its CVPIs. Ford did not respond to the request.
CVPIs are used on high-speed roadways and driven at higher-than-normal speeds much more frequently than civilian vehicles.