DEARBORN, Michigan — Still battling the negative effects of the Bridgestone/Firestone tire recall that is closely tied to its Explorer sport/utility vehicle and has claimed some 160 lives worldwide, Ford Motor Co. showcases a bevy of advanced research projects designed to result in safer vehicles. But little of what the automaker displays here appears close to production — and engineers admit that some advances likely are more applicable in markets outside North America. The most viable ...

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