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Bridgestone/Ford settle SUV case

Bridgestone/Ford yesterday settled their lawsuit over a Ford Explorer tyre blow-out accident which killed civil rights leader Earl Shinhoster.

The Explorer was part of a security motorcade - traveling at 80 mph in a 70 mph zone - carrying Shinhoster to Montgomery.

The plaintiffs claim that the tyre on the Explorer blew out and "disintegrated," and that Bridgestone-Firestone knew the tyre was defective. The lawsuit also claims Ford was at fault because defects allegedly caused the Explorer to roll over after the blowout.

Ford had earlier released a statement saying excessive speed and an old tyre contributed to the crash.

No details were released over the size of the settlement.

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