At least four South Florida families
have filed a class action suit against Firestone, the tire
company that last week announced the recall of 14.4 million
tires, their lawyers said Monday.
None of the claimants have been injured by the reportedly
faulty tires, according to Fran Schwartz, a spokeswoman for the
two law firms that filed the complaint.
"This has to do with prophylactic measures,'' Schwartz said.
"They're worried about driving around these tires while they
wait for Firestone to replace them.''
Last Wednesday, Tennessee-based Firestone, together with
Ford Motor Co. (F.N) announced the recall of 6.5 million of the
15-inch versions of the tires, mostly fitted to Ford Explorer
sports utility vehicles, after a government probe linked 46 car
accident deaths to peeling tire treads.
Firestone, owned by Japanese tire maker Bridgestone Corp.
(5108.T), made 14.4 million of the tires, but less than half
are thought to be still in service.
The action marks the second largest tire recall in U.S.
history after Firestone recalled 14.5 million tires in 1978.
No further details on the lawsuit were available, but the