Ford Trucks Highlighted in $1.7 Billion Verdict Weren’t Subject to Tougher Safety Rules

Federal regulators excluded heavy-duty trucks like the pickup at the center of a recent $1.7 billion verdict against Ford Motor Co. from tougher roof-strength requirements adopted decades ago, then later reversed the decision to include future models.

The rules, which were expanded more than 30 years ago to include lighter trucks, were intended to better protect occupants in a rollover crash.