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Ford, Firestone Settle Injury Suit, Avert Trial


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January 8, 2001 8:54 am EST

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Ford Motor Co. and Bridgestone/Firestone Inc. settled a high-profile Texas personal injury lawsuit for an undisclosed amount, averting a trial scheduled to begin on Monday, the plaintiffs attorney involved in the case and a Ford spokeswoman told Reuters.
The settlement involved a personal injury case brought against the companies by Donna Bailey, a 43-year-old woman who is now quadriplegic after an accident involving Firestone tires mounted on a Ford Explorer sport utility vehicle.

Representatives from Ford and Firestone personally visited the victim in hospital on Sunday to apologize on behalf of the companies, according to her lawyer Tab Turner, who is representing some 40 to 50 Firestone personal injury cases.

The case had drawn national attention because it was the first personal injury case scheduled for trial since August, when Firestone, the Nashville, Tennessee-based unit of Japan's Bridgestone Corp., recalled 6.5 million allegedly faulty tires linked to fatal highway accidents and the deaths of 148 Americans.
 




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