WASHINGTON (June 17, 2003) — The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's denial of a petition to reopen an investigation of Firestone Steeltex light truck tires is actually beneficial to an upcoming class-action lawsuit against Bridgestone/Firestone, according to the attorney who filed the petition.
“This now gives the state court national jurisdiction and exclusivity over recalling the tire,” Joseph L. Lisoni said. “Bridgestone/Firestone will no longer be able to argue we haven't exhausted our federal administrative remedies.”
Mr. Lisoni filed a class-action suit before the California Superior Court of Indio, Calif., seeking the recall of some 30 million Steeltex tires.
A BFS spokesman said the Nashville, Tenn.-based tire maker is obviously “pleased that NHTSA denied the petition. But we're not surprised, because it reaffirms what we've been saying all along: that Steeltex tires are performing well. We believe this should answer all questions about Steeltex tires.”