WASHINGTON (March 28) — A statistical research company whose clients include plaintiffs' attorneys has filed suit against the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, demanding the release of Ford Motor Co.'s early warning data on Ford Explorers.
Crownsville, Md.-based Quality Control Systems Corp. has sought Ford's death and injury data on Explorers for more than a year for an analysis of tire-related Explorer fatalities.
"The government shouldn't be the sole arbiter of safety," said Sean Kane, president of Rehoboth, Mass.-based Safety Research & Strategies Inc., which commissioned the Explorer analysis from Quality Control Systems.
A spokesman for the Rubber Manufacturers Association said the suit is another method by groups that want to obtain information that should remain private. The trade group wants all early warning data kept confidential.
The RMA is appealing a March 2006 decision from the Washington federal district court that early warning data aren't subject to exemptions under the Freedom of Information Act.