Amadeusz Juskowiak

Ford f airbag program flagging report

Ford Motor Cos program to introduce airbags in its compact cars is facing widespread resistance from both consumers and dealers a trade paper said

As of February 20 Automotive News said Ford dealers had sold only 455 1987model Ford Tempos equipped with airbags and 294 similarlyequipped Mercury Topaz models compared with more than 100000 of the standardequipped compact models

Ford has projected output of 12000 Tempo and Topaz models equipped with airbags in the 1987 model year but Automotive News said the current inventory of unsold cars represents a disastrously high 112year supply at current selling rates

Most of Fords sales of the compact cars equipped with air bags have been made to fleet buyers such as the US government the paper said with 11000 having been sold since they were announced in late 1985

Ford executives recently said their goal is to sell annually between 500000 and one mln cars equipped with air bags by 1990 if the federal government will relax certain regulatory standards as has been urged by some traffic safety administrative staff