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Firestone Tires Product Liability Injury Lawsuits

Firestone Tires | Lawsuits, Lawyers | Product Liability: Injury | Recall, Replacements

Firestone tires were standard equipment on the Ford Explorer, the world's best-selling sport utility vehicle and have been linked to at least 174 U.S. traffic deaths and over 700 injuries.

Ford Motor Co. plans to replace 10 million to 13 million Firestone tires an amount that far surpasses the large recall previously ordered last summer by Bridgestone/Firestone. This extended recall of 13 million Firestone tires will cost Ford $3 billion and force it to idle three plants to free up tires to use as replacements. Ford said it is taking the extraordinary step of recalling the huge number of Wilderness AT tires because it considers them unsafe, and their manufacturer, Bridgestone-Firestone Inc., refuses to recall them.

Ford will replace all 15-, 16- and 17-inch Wilderness AT tires on its vehicles for free at Ford and Lincoln Mercury dealers, and reimburse owners who purchase them elsewhere for up to $130 for the 16- and 17-inch tires. Jacques Nasser Ford CEO's said "We lack confidence in the performance of any of Firestone's Wilderness AT tires." "There are enough warning signs there, and we wanted to act in a precautionary sense.” he added.

With Ford recalling more Firestone Tires and Bridgestone/Firestone deciding to no longer sell tires to Ford, it is difficult for accident victims to know who to blame. This decision have caused an end to a 95-year relationship between Ford and Bridgestone and makes it clear that neither party will accept sole responsibility for the unusually large number of accidents involving Ford Explorer SUVs with Firestone tires.

However, Ford is blaming Firestone Tires and has stated that the problem points to the design and manufacture of certain Firestone tires built in Firestone's Decatur, Illinois plant.

Legal Help For Victims Affected By Firestone Tires

If you or a loved have been injured by Firestone tires, please fill out the form at the right for a free case evaluation by a qualified product liability attorney or call us at 1-800-YOURLAWYER (1-800-968-7529).


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Deadly Chinese Tires Recalled by National Highway Traffic Safety Administration:

Jun 28, 2007 | Parker Waichman LLP
Defective tires have been added to an ever-growing list of dangerous Chinese imports.  The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) ordered 450,000 tires recalled after Foreign Tire Sales, the New Jersey company that imported the tires, disclosed that they had been manufactured without a gum strip meant to keep the tread from separating.  The tires, manufactured by Hangzhou Zhongce Rubber, have been blamed for at least two accidents, one of which was fatal.  The...

Ford Ordered to Pay $29M in Rollover Crash

Jan 28, 2006 | AP
Ford Motor Co. was ordered to pay $29 million Friday in the case of a 22-year-old woman who was partially paralyzed after the Firestone tire on her Explorer failed and the vehicle rolled over.Firestone previously paid an undisclosed settlement in the case.Plaintiff attorneys touted the case as the first Ford-Firestone case to go all the way to a verdict since Firestone tire recalls started in 1999."You have a situation where all the parties agreed there was a tire defect, but the question was...

Bridgestone Recalls 27,000 Tires

Aug 27, 2004 | AP
Bridgestone/Firestone offered Thursday to replace 27,000 tires sold in North America over concerns that a belt in the tires may detach, possibly causing wrecks.The company said fewer than 15 injuries have been substantiated that involved vehicles equipped with the tires.The offer involves Bridgestone's Dueler A/T tires in size LT285/75R16 LR D that were manufactured in Japan from 1998 to 2002 and sold in the United States and Canada.The Nashville-based company said internal data suggest "that a...

$149M Bridgestone-Firestone Deal Approved

Mar 15, 2004 | AP
A Texas state court judge Monday approved a $149 million settlement of 30 class-action lawsuits filed on behalf of tire owners against Bridgestone-Firestone North American Tire. The settlement, approved by State District Judge Donald Floyd, comes more than three years after the 2000 recall of 14.4 million Firestone tires amid safety concerns. More than 100 objectors had contested the settlement. The lawsuits resolved as part of the settlement include those filed by Firestone ATX, ATX II and...

Family Is Suing Ford, Firestone Over 2001 Crash

Apr 26, 2003 | St. Petersburg Times
The family of an Inverness man killed when a tire blew out and his Ford minivan flipped on Interstate 75 two years ago is suing Ford Motor Co. and the makers of Firestone tires.According to the suit filed Thursday, Howard Stone, 66, was driving north when the right rear tire came apart on the 1992 Aerostar van he was driving, which flipped.Stone was killed and two sons Joseph, then 10, and Shaun, then 11 were injured and airlifted to a Tampa hospital.Investigators at the scene said the three...

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