DETROIT – Washington’s decision to forgo an investigation of Ford Motor Co.’s top-selling SUV will have little effect on personal injury litigation against the world’s No.2 auto maker, early reaction suggests. “NHTSA’s determination is essentially meaningless,” Florida lawyer Bruce Kaster says of a National Highway Traffic Safety Admin. report that dismisses design defect claims leveled against Ford’s pre-’02 Explorer. “It doesn’t affect any of these cases,” says Kaster, key member of a ...

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