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Finkelstein & Krinsk File Class Action Complaint Against Ford Motor Co. and Firestone Corp.

15 August 2000

Finkelstein & Krinsk File Class Action Complaint Against Ford Motor Co. and Firestone Corp.

    SAN DIEGO - Finkelstein & Krinsk, a prominent San Diego law firm specializing in class action litigation targeting corporate misconduct directed at a broad base of consumers has filed a class action complaint against Ford Motor Company and the Firestone subsidiary of Bridgestone/Firestone based in Nashville, TN.

    The lawsuit, filed on behalf of the class of Ford customers who trusted the company and bought Ford vehicles unaware that improper specifications, deficient manufacturing and inadequate testing resulted in their riding a vehicle both inherently dangerous and defective for the intended purposes of these vehicles. While aware of the recall being undertaken by Ford and Bridgestone, the complaint's focus is on the inadequacy of the remedy provided by the Defendants. Riding in a potential "time bomb" makes it imperative for Defendants to immediately take steps to replace the suspect tires with tires chosen by the consumers. In some instances this may be with a Bridgestone brand, however, many consumers prefer immediate access to a competitor brand.

    "We believe it irresponsible for Ford and Bridgestone to not only delay replacement to conform to a schedule of their convenience," said plaintiff's counsel, Jeffrey Krinsk, "but, additionally, refuse to acknowledge that a change of tire brand may be critical to a customer's peace of mind and, equally importantly, the resale value of the vehicle. For Firestone to react in a manner calculated to maximize its insurance reimbursement instead of the welfare of its consumers would be unpardonable."

    The complaint is based on a provision of California Business & Professions Code uniquely available to California consumers that allows the court to impose broad remedial measures on Ford and Firestone.

    Finkelstein & Krinsk has extensive experience in prosecuting complex litigation and consumer class actions and is recognized as the leader in California in the field of recoveries for corporate misbehavior.