Business: Uneasy Riders

Congress looks at radial tires

In June of 1974 the Louis Neal family was driving near Las Vegas when one of their car's Firestone 500 steel-belted radial tires blew, causing the car to go out of control and crash. Mother and father were killed, and one child was crippled. Five surviving children sued, charging that the tire was defective. Last week Firestone settled out of court for $1.4 million. Far from being an isolated case, the accident is one of a string that has raised unsettling questions about the safety of U.S. steel-belted radials....

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