BEAUMONT, Texas (July 25)—Bridgestone/Firestone will spend $15.5 million on a consumer education campaign and change the construction of certain tires as part to settle a nationwide class action suit. Bridgestone/Firestone North American Tire L.L.C., in settling the suit involving the company's recalled Firestone ATX, ATX II and Wilderness AT tires, will conduct a three-year program for consumers that will concentrate on tire inflation, use and maintenance, driving safety and automobile maintenance, the firm said. For the next seven years it will make certain tires with cap strips, nylon strips or comparable technology that provides the same or better high-speed capability. The list of tire models to receive the nylon strips wasn't immediately available. A company spokesman said the plaintiffs' attorneys in the case will receive up to $19 million in compensation, while 45 named plaintiffs would receive $2,500 each. The settlement package is subject to the approval of Judge Donald Floyd of the 172nd District Court in Beaumont
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