The First District Court of Appeals in Tallahassee has reversed a trial judge's ruling that would have expanded a Florida Panhandle sheriff's lawsuit over the safety of Ford patrol cars.
A three-judge panel of the first District Court of Appeal unanimously decertified the case as a class action. They ruled that Circuit Judge G. Robert Barron failed to make findings of fact as required by procedural rules.
Okaloosa County Sheriff Charlie Morris contends Crown Victoria Police Interceptors are unsafe because several of the cars have exploded in flames when hit from behind. The cars are made by Ford Motor Company. It is among a series of similar lawsuits across the nation.
Ford contends the car is safe, earning the federal government's highest crash rating.