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Suzuki Motor Corp. and the publisher of Consumer Reports magazine ended their eight-year legal battle over a 1988 story charging the automaker’s Samurai sport utility vehicle was prone to roll over.

Under the settlement announced Thursday, no money will change hands, according to a statement from both sides.

“The parties have acknowledged their mutual respect for each other in that Suzuki recognizes Consumers Union’s stated commitment for objective and unbiased testing and reporting, and CU recognizes Suzuki’s stated commitment for designing, manufacturing and marketing safe vehicles,” the joint statement said.

Suzuki originally sought $60 million and punitive damages in a 1996 suit accusing Consumers Union of doctoring tests.

As part of the settlement, the publication, based in Yonkers, N.Y., will not run a retraction or correction but admits the Samurai does not easily roll over under normal driving conditions.

But the two sides still disagree on the validity of Consumers Union’s testing methods. The organization “stands by its test protocol and finding,” the statement said.

“This is a settlement to feel very good about,” R. David Pittle, senior vice president for technical policy at Consumer Reports, said in an interview. “We stand fully behind our published reports and testing of the Samurai.”

Even though the company agreed to end the lawsuit without receiving monetary damages, a top U.S. executive at Suzuki said the automaker won something more valuable.

“It was really about restoring the reputation of the Samurai and of Suzuki,” said Cam Smith Arnolds, vice president of customer relations and communications.

“Consumers Union admits the Samurai does not easily rollover. That was a huge, huge issue and you don’t get that in court.”

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It's about time! Most people have no idea this is still going on. Hell most aren't sure what a samurai is anymore.
 
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