CARACAS, Venezuela (Oct. 5)—Officials of Bridgestone/Firestone Venezuela failed to show up at a meeting with 50 crash victims and officials from Ford Venezuela and INDECU, the Venezuelan consumer protection agency, to discuss compensation for the victims. In a prepared statement, the tire maker said the meeting "changed into an event that we felt would not be helpful in our aim to listen to the families and respond to their concerns...We feel that meeting individually with the families of those affected by this situation is the most productive way for us to fully understand their concerns." INDECU has identified 104 victims of accidents involving Firestone tires on Ford Explorers and other vehicles. Ford began replacing Firestone tires on those vehicles in May, and Bridgestone/Firestone has agreed to replace up to 62,000 Wilderness tires that were mismarked as having an extra nylon ply.
Bridgestone/Firestone skips victim compensation meeting in Caracas
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