Is the car Sedgwick County Sheriff's deputies drive a fire hazard? Now questions are being raised about the safety of the Ford Crown Victoria. This after a Phoenix police officer died when his patrol car burst into flames in an accident.
Sedgwick County Sheriff's deputy Tim Rickstrew puts atleast 150 miles on his Crown Victoria patrol car every night. He also is an accident investigator and recalls three accidents involving deputies being rear ended in their Crown Victoria's. He says he did not have problems.
But the Phoenix police officers who drove the same type of car was not as lucky. He was killed after his patrol car collided with another vehicle, struck a pole and burst into flames.
This is the thrid officer in Arizona to die in fewer than 4 years. A fourth Arizona officer survived a similar crash last year. He suffered burns over most of his body.
Now the Arizona Attorney General Janet Napolitano is meeting with Ford Motor Company officials in Detroit to discuss the Crown Victoria and it's safety concerns.
Some are blaming the location of the Crown Victoria's gas tank, but Ford says they stand behind their car and they have no plans to issue a recall at this time. Dealers say the vehicle has an excellent safety record.
Sedgwick County's fleet manager Marvin Duncan says the County has 70 Crown Victoria's in the Sheriff's department. He says they bring the cars in every 4000 miles, for an exhaustive preventive maintenance check up.
Eighty percent of all partol cars nationwide are Ford Crown Victoria's.