DEARBORN, Mich. (Aug. 25, 2004) — Ford Motor Co. won a major rollover liability case when a Cincinnati federal appeals court upheld the dismissal of a class-action lawsuit.
A group of Ford shareholders, including several unions, had claimed the auto maker lied to them about the safety of Firestone tires that were original equipment on Ford Explorers.
Also, Ford settled a Florida suit filed by the family of a construction worker killed while driving a company-owned Ford Explorer. The construction company replaced three of the four old Cooper tires on the vehicle with new tires of the same model; the one remaining old tire failed, causing a rollover.
The jury found Ford 50-percent liable, the construction company 30-percent liable, and the driver 20-percent liable. Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. was not found liable.