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February 6, 2006

Texas Jury Slaps Ford With $29 Million Verdict

A Texas jury recently awarded $29 million in a suit against Ford Motor Co. involving a rollover accident that, among other things, questioned the auto maker's responsibility in warning drivers about aging tires.  The jury decided that both the vehicle design and one of its 10-year-old tires was to blame.  According to an article by Karen Lundegaard in the Wall Street Journal for January 27, 2006, "Ford recently included a warning to replace tires more than six years old on its web site and in 2006 vehicle manuals.  'Tires degrade over time, even when they are not being used,' the Web warning says.  Heat can accelerate the aging process and spares should be replaced when others are, it says." |WSJ|(Sub'n Req'd)

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