As observers anxiously await next week’s revelation of J.D. Power and Associates’ annual new-car quality study, a longer-term view of industry performance emerges from Washington. Of the Big Three, Ford Motor Co. had the fewest safety recalls in 2002 and the lowest number of vehicles potentially affected by such campaigns, says the National Highway Traffic Safety Admin. The auto maker’s performance is in sharp contrast to the previous two years when its totals were worst in ...

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