Kaizaki Makes A Point
Yoichiro Kaizaki, in a circular letter to Bridgestone management, has made it clear, that the sum of up to 50 bn $ claim for damages referred to by some American attorneys is totally false. American subsidiary Bridgestone/Firestone Inc. has already made, according to Kaizaki, an initial charge of 450 million US-$ for the tire recall itself and has now pledged an additional reserve of 450 million US-$.
This should be in accordance with what all involved counsels believe will be the maximum cost for the American subsidiary. There is no financial danger for Bridgestone/Firestone Inc. Obviously it is a question of American lawyers trying to increase public pressure on Bridgestone Japan with the intention of talking up the claims for damages in order to encourage an out-of-court settlement.