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The settlement of a Ford Explorer class action case has been approved by a California judge, awarding "discount certificates" to vehicle owners in four states.
According to Reuters, under the settlement -- which applies to most new Explorers purchased or leased between 1991 and 2001 in California, Connecticut, Illinois, and Texas -- Ford will issue $500 "discount certificates" for the purchase or lease of a new Explorer. $300 certificates will be issued for the purchase or lease of any other new Ford, Mercury, or Lincoln vehicle. The class action consists of consumer protection claims based on Ford's alleged concealment of the Explorer's rollover risk, and for diminished vehicle value due to a tire recall. The case did not include any claims for motor vehicle accidents. For more information on the settlement, visit the California Ford Explorer Class Action Official Court Website.