I don't know, and the article was copied from the Jalopnik website. If you are so concerned about the rear door release in case of an emergency, then you should contact Ford customer service. Have you tried contacting them? If this a deal-breaker for you, then you should maybe look into another vehicle that meets your requirements.What did the engineers say, if anything, about those in the rear seats? Is it really electric release only and no mechanical backup like the front?