PRINCETON, N.J. (Jan. 14)—The bitter 2½-year strike at the Bridgestone/Firestone Inc. plant in Decatur, Ill., translated into the tire quality problems that led to millions of tires being recalled and 271 motorists dead, two Princeton University economists have concluded. A study of the available data shows a "significantly higher" rate of tread separations and consumer complaints in Firestone tires made at Decatur during the strike than at other times, according to Alan B. Krueger and Alexandre Mas in their paper issued Jan. 9. "We doubt that's the case at all," a Bridgestone/Firestone spokeswoman said about the economists' conclusions, adding that the tire maker's own analysis "took into account a number of variables and factors which we don't believe could be present in the research conducted by Princeton."
Princeton study links bad Firestone tires with Decatur strike
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