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  • Exploding Gas Tank Cover-Up

    CBS News exposes a secret deal between government agencies and the auto industry to deal with a gas tank issue that put the drivers of certain popular vehicles at risk and was responsible for the deaths of children.
  • Jeep Grand Cherokee Investigation

    Currently, there are “three million Jeep Grand Cherokees on the road today”. Furthermore, they have been involved in “hundreds of fatal fire accidents in the past 11 years”. The investigation revealed a flaw in the vehicle; the fuel tank is located in the rear of the vehicle. This flaw is the main cause of these fatal deaths. After these accidents had occurred, the automaker has relocated the gas tank in a more secure location and since then zero accidents have occurred.
  • Airport Security

    In this report, CBS investigates security lapses at the back doors of "nearly every" U.S. airport. As part of the investigation, CBS correspondents document the "open flow of non-inspected vehicles through the back gates at Chicago's O'Hare Airport". Further south at Dallas Fort Worth Airport, CBS records their correspondent driving through the open and unguarded gates into secure areas and walking up to gasoline tanker trucks and propane gas tanks.
  • The Crown Victoria - A Free Press Investigation

    This investigation found that more people have died in car accidents involving the Ford Crown Victoria (the country's most popular police cruiser) than the federal government disclosed when it cleared the vehicles of any manufacturing defects. This is because the basic structure of the car has remained unchanged, while most other models have had their gas tanks relocated to safer locations. In 2002, Ford made changes, but only after substantially more police officers had died.
  • A History of Fiery Deaths on the Road

    A Los Angeles Times two -part series reports that "facing lawsuits, GM moved gas tanks of its C/K pickups inside the frame. But it denies the design was unsafe, and federal regulators retreated from a costly recall."
  • Florida's Water Crisis

    The Orlando Sentinel published a 12-chapter series "of special reports focusing attention on what many experts see as the state's long-term water crisis." The most critical issues faced by Floridians include decreasing water supplies, more factors leading to lower water quality and scientific and political barriers to long-term solutions.
  • Crown Victoria Police Car Fires

    From the contest entry summary: "Greg Hunter examines the allegedly dangerous design of the most popular police car in the United States, the Ford Crown Victoria Police Cruiser. Critics of this car say the gas tank is in a dangerous place. The tank is directly behind the rear axle, and in a high-speed rear-end collision, the tank smashes into the axle and is punctured, causing fuel leaks that catch the vehicle on fire." Other Ford vehicles -- about 3 million cars with the same design defect -- also pose safety questions.
  • Fueling the Flames

    A KSTP-TV Eyewitness news investigation found a serious design flaw in the Jeep brand automobiles. In low-speed, rear-impact collisions, passenger doors have tended to jam and the gas tank tears loose, emptying into the passenger compartment. KSTP-TV's investigative reporter Jay Kolls found that five people have died in slow speed crashes because of trapped doors, but Daimler-Chrysler and American Motors (the company that formerly made Jeep vehicles) knew about the defect since the 1980s and failed to make any changes.
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    The Dallas Observer investigates massive lawsuits against General Motors, claiming that the "side-saddle" design of dual gas tanks was unsafe. The Observer finds that some attorneys are taking advantage of this lawsuit against GM, which could leave Texas truck owners with nothing. (February 16 - 22, 1995)
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    Washington Post explores how protective orders, sealing orders, and confidential settlements allow lawsuits involving questions of public safety to be resolved in secret; details how General Motors uses these procedures to keep documents about safety of gas tanks from becoming public; also looks at other companies that use this strategy and tells why judges routinely allow the secrecy in public courts, Oct. 23 - 24, 1988.