NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Nov. 8)—Bridgestone/Firestone Inc. will pay $41.5 million to settle claims made by state attorneys-general against the company, according to an announcement made today by the tire maker and Tennessee Attorney General Paul Summers. The states began their investigation Bridgestone/Firestone last year, soon after it recalled 6.5 million Firestone ATX, ATX II and Wilderness AT tires for tread separations. Under the reported details of the settlement, each state plus the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia will receive $500,000, with $5 million for tire safety education programs and $10 million for the states' legal fees. Bridgestone/Firestone said in a news release that the settlement "is another important step in the company's efforts to reach resolution of recall-related issues, even though it strongly disagrees with many of the states' claims."
Bridgestone/Firestone to pay $41.5 million to states
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