Bring the checkbook

It's appropriate that Bridgestone Corp. CEO Shigeo Watanabe go to Dearborn to make peace with Ford Motor Co. But he needs to do more than just talk.

When Bridgestone/Firestone bowed in October to pressure from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and recalled more of the Firestone Wilderness AT tires involved in the Explorer rollover disasters, the tire maker's financial liability was confirmed.

A NHTSA investigation underscored the wisdom of Ford Motor's decision in May to spend $3 billion to replace about 13 million tires for safety's sake, well before the official recall. Now Bridgestone owes Ford Motor for much of the cost of the action.

It's time to settle the accounts.

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