INDIANAPOLIS (June 4, 2001)—A group of plaintiffs' attorneys is asking Indianapolis federal judge Sarah Evans Barker to order the recall of 4 million Ford Explorers, model years 1991 to 2001.
The lawyers claim the sport-utility vehicles are "inherently unsafe" and can't be made safe, and want Ms. Barker to order Ford Motor Co. to provide either cash reimbursement or new vehicles to Explorer owners. A Ford spokesman dismissed the lawyers' motion as "frivolous."
Ms. Barker, of the U.S. District Court in Indianapolis, already has more than 200 personal injury lawsuits against Ford and Bridgestone/Firestone Inc. consolidated under her jurisdiction.
The plaintiffs' lawyers have already asked her to supervise Ford's recall of 13 million Firestone Wilderness AT tires, and she has ordered Ford and BFS to respond to that motion by June 5.