A Nasty Turn For Ford?

An Explorer rollover lawsuit tries to show that the Firestone crisis is not just about tires

One beautiful Saturday last march, Donna Bailey and two friends were headed for an outing at Enchanted Rock, a favorite climbing location north of Austin, Texas. Suddenly the Ford Explorer in which they were riding took a nasty swerve. "The tire just started separating, and my friend lost control," Bailey recalls. Although the pavement was dry, the Explorer skidded and rolled. Bailey's friends walked away. But the 43-year-old mother of two was left suspended by her seat belt, paralyzed from the neck down.

Today Bailey is a ventilator-dependent quadriplegic confined to a room at the Institute for Rehabilitation and Research...

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