Saturday, August 26, 2000

Two new tire lawsuits filed in Cincinnati

By Dan Horn
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Two new lawsuits accuse Ford Motor Co. and Bridgestone/Firestone Co. of putting dangerously flawed tires on Ford vehicles.

Associated Press coverage of the tire recall.
        The lawsuits, filed Friday in Cincinnati, claim the companies sold defective tires and are not doing enough to get new ones to consumers. One suit was filed by Cincinnati attorney Stanley Chesley, who last week filed a class-action suit accusing the companies of mishandling the recall of 6.5 million tires.

        The new suit names a Springfield Township man and a Union, Ky., woman who were injured in an accident involving a Mercury Mountaineer. The suit claims the tires broke apart on a highway.

        Another suit claims the companies are refusing to replace tires on some vehicles. The class-action suit was filed by Cincinnati attorney Louis Rubenstein on behalf of himself and others.

        Both suits were filed in Hamilton County Common Pleas Court. They are among dozens already filed across the country.

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