CHICAGO (Sept. 10)—Ford Motor Co., Michelin North America Inc., a tire dealership and a Ford dealership have settled a Ford Explorer rollover case for $22 million, according to attorneys involved with the settlement. The case stemmed from the June 1992 deaths of two teenage girls, Reena Boury and Suzanne Leder, on the Eisenhower Expressway outside Chicago's Loop. The Explorer they rode in was fitted with Michelin all-season tires, size P235/75R15, and one of them failed, causing the vehicle to roll over. Plaintiffs' attorneys argued the Explorer's design made it prone to rollover; that Packey Webb Ford of Wheaton, Ill., and Cassidy Tire & Service fitted the Michelin tires on the Explorer, despite explicit instructions from Ford not to use that particular type of tire; and that Michelin failed to warn consumers adequately of the tire mismatch. Packey Webb Ford paid $10.5 million of the settlement, Ford $8 million, Cassidy Tire $3 million, and Michelin $500,000.
Ford, Michelin, others settle Explorer case for $22 million
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