The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

The Explorer is NOW safe
– or so says Ford

Dec 17, 2001

Ford Motor Company proudly hailed a report in early December that its newly re-designed Ford Explorer was a "best pick" from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Ford hopes the results will help them sell more Explorers than ever, despite more than 200 lawsuits outstanding against the vehicle for at least 271 fatalities and more than 800 injuries.

But tests or no tests, Ford management forgot to mention one thing: the “re-designing” which produced these results was not the result of new technology. Ford was told by its own engineers 14 years ago that the vehicle was unsafe and needed to be re-designed.

If Ford finally acted on this advice after all these deaths, bad publicity and lawsuits – it’s hardly out of a concern for safety.

Chalk it up to Ford’s desire to keep a profit-gusher on the road.