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Roof Strength on Older Ford Trucks Called Into Question

Updated: Aug 30, 2022

A jury has awarded a $1.7 billion verdict against Ford Motor Co. involving a pickup truck crash that claimed the lives of a couple killed in a rollover wreck of their 2002 Ford F-250.

Lawyers for the plaintiffs had submitted evidence of nearly 80 similar rollover wrecks that involved truck roofs being crushed that injured or killed motorists.

The plaintiffs’ lawyers called the Ford pickup trucks roof "dangerously defective" roofs.

“I thought nobody would sell a truck with a roof this weak...You might as well drive a convertible,” the lawyer, James Butler Jr., said. “More deaths and severe injuries are certain because millions of these trucks are on the road,” Butler’s co-counsel, Gerald Davidson, said in the statement.

Pre-test image of Ford F-350 with HALO ROPS.

As part of SEI's continuing effort to offer life saving devices for vehicles, we have developed new HALO ROPS designs for heavier weight class vehicles, such as the Ford's F-250 and F-350.

We have followed standard JRS testing control protocol and have scanned and simulated the vehicle in Finite Element and then developed a HALO model for the same, that would minimize roof crush and intrusion speed to non-injurious levels, maintaining the occupant survival space.

Virtual testing results: F-350 without HALO (left). F-350 with HALO (right).

The results speak for themselves as shown above in the comparison between a truck equipped with HALO and one without.

If you or your company are interested in aquiring the best level of protection for your Ford trucks, we invite you to contact us at and request a quote.

For more informaiton about our HALO rollover protection systems, please visit:

To read the full testing results report, please visit our research page here.

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