DETROIT -- The city of Philadelphia last week filed a lawsuit against Ford Motor Co., demanding that the automaker fix its 700 Crown Victoria police cars.
The vehicles have been involved in the deaths of at least 16 U.S. police officers when gas tanks exploded after high-speed rear-end collisions.
A spokesman for the city said no Philadelphia officers had been hurt.
Reuters reported that Philadelphia, joining lawsuits against Ford filed in at least eight other states, said taxpayers should not have to pay to improve the safety of the Ford police cars, which are used by about 85 percent of U.S. police departments. Ford insists the police cars are safe, but it made changes to the 2003-model Crown Victoria, adding cost rubber and plastic shields to protect gas tanks.