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HOUSTON — A Texas state court judge Monday approved a $149 million settlement of 30 class-action lawsuits filed on behalf of tire owners against Bridgestone-Firestone North American Tire.

The settlement, approved by State District Judge Donald Floyd, comes more than three years after the 2000 recall of 14.4 million Firestone tires amid safety concerns. More than 100 objectors had contested the settlement.

The lawsuits resolved as part of the settlement include those filed by Firestone ATX, ATX II and Wilderness AT customers whose tires were among those investigated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in 2000.

At least 271 U.S. traffic deaths have been blamed on the tires, most of which were sold with the Ford Explorer. However, the settlement involved only plaintiffs who had not suffered any injuries or property damage.

“We are pleased with the judge’s decision,” Firestone spokesman Dan MacDonald said Monday. “We believe that this settlement really is in the best interest of all concerned.”

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"However, the settlement involved only plaintiffs who had not suffered any injuries or property damage"

that makes me sick...
 
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