DEARBORN, Mich. (Jan. 4, 2001)—Ford Motor Co.—which has settled 10 lawsuits in the last two weeks involving Ford Explorers shod with Firestone tires which crashed and rolled over—said there is nothing extraordinary about these settlements.
"The fact that we are settling cases is not unusual, given that 95 percent of all civil litigation is resolved outside of court," the company said in a prepared statement. Ford added it is meeting and will continue to meet with claimants to try to "resolve them (claims) amicably."
A Ford spokeswoman said there was "nothing new" in a Wall Street Journal report published on Jan. 4 which said the auto maker was making a concerted effort to settle as many of the cases as possible before the introduction of the redesigned Ford Explorer next month.
The spokeswoman said Ford has settled about 25 lawsuits since Bridgestone/Firestone Inc. announced the recall of 6.5 million tires, the majority of which were original equipment on Ford Explorers.