NBC Evening News for Thursday, Aug 07, 2003
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(Studio: Lester Holt) Report introduced.
(New York: Jim Avila) Ford’s plans to install a fire suppression system on new models of Crown Victoria police cruisers in response to concerns about fire dangers featured; details given about criticism that older models will not be retrofitted with the system; scenes shown of the system being tested. [Ford Motor Company Sue CISCHKE- says we believe it can suppress the fire enough to get the officer out.] [Burned officer Jason SCHECTERLE- comments.] [Fraternal Order of Police Chuck CANTERBURY- says we will urge police departments not to buy the vehicles unless the fire suppressant systems are supplied.] [Center for Auto Safety director Clarence DITLOW- says Ford is admitting that the vehicles are unsafe.]