NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (Sept. 16)—A New Jersey Superior Court judge has approved a national class action settlement between Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. and attorneys in 33 states representing a class of about 40 million consumers. Those consumers, who bought approximately 180 million Cooper steel-belted radial tires manufactured between Jan. 1, 1985, and Jan. 6, 2002, were granted a five-year program guaranteeing a free tire replacement whenever a subject tire suffers a tread separation. Cooper also agreed to an enhanced, court-monitored inspection program for its tires and a consumer information program coordinated with the National Safety Council and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The company denied all wrongdoing and legal liability in the settlement.
N.J. judge approves Cooper class action settlement
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