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Ohio Joining In Ford SUV Settlement

Dec 23, 2002 | Columbus Business First Ohio will get about $300,000 from a $51.5 million nationwide settlement with Ford Motor Co. over unsafe sport-utility vehicle tires.

Ohio joined the rest of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands in suing Ford over safety risks concerning tire failures with some Firestone ATX and Wilderness AT tires, which came standard on some Ford SUVs.

The states claimed the tires made the vehicles more likely to roll over. About $30 million from the settlement will go to a nationwide SUV safety campaign.

Ford did not admit wrongdoing, but did agree to be more accurate on the carrying capacity of SUVs and provide safety information on SUVs in both English and Spanish. Ford also agreed to abide by all state and federal laws governing SUV safety, including a federal regulation that requires manufacturers of SUVs with a wheelbase under 110 inches to alert purchasers that those vehicles have a higher possibility of rollover.

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