WASHINGTON (Sept. 29)—For the third time, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has found no defect trend in Firestone Steeltex tires.
Two of the investigations—including this one—were instigated by Joseph L. Lisoni, a Pasadena, Calif., plaintiffs' attorney who alleges all Steeltex tires made since 1995 are inherently defective. NHTSA, however, said the information Lisoni submitted was repetitive and mostly erroneous.
Bridgestone/Firestone said it was pleased but not surprised by the agency's findings.
Lisoni said he will refile his petition with NHTSA in six months, and continue his appeal of the denial of a class action suit against BFS, issued by an Indio, Calif., judge last March.