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Fed Tire Safety Rule Would Bring TN Lawsuits to a Screeching Halt

August 30, 2007

Nashville, TN – New federal tire safety rules could cause problems for Tennessee consumers when tires are defective, according to consumer watchdogs. Bill Schulz with the American Association of Justice says the new rules would not be allowed by Tennesseans who remember the Firestone tire recall, and the 200 deaths nationwide associated with defective tires.

"It stops people from being able to pursue accountability in our state courts when they’re injured by unsafe products."

Schulz says tires are just one example of what he sees as federal actions that protect big businesses at the expense of consumers.

"This is a very stealthy campaign, but it’s clearly a campaign against safety and against consumers"

Schulz says the language that protects tire manufacturers from lawsuits wasn’t in the original proposal. He claims it just “showed up” right before the rule was put in place. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration defends the rule as a way to encourage tire companies to increase safety features.

Deborah Smith/John Robinson, Public News Service - TN