On February 26, 2004, Bridgestone/Firestone North America announced a voluntary recall of nearly 300,000 Steeltex tires because of their link to over a dozen crashes and five deaths. The tires, Steeltex Radial A/T in sizes LT265/75R16 Load Range D, were installed on about 80,000 Ford Excursions, including 2000 to 2002 and early 2003 models.
The recall is more unpleasant news for Firestone
and Ford. In 2000 and 2001, the companies recalled millions of Wilderness ATX, ATX II and AT tires after rollover
crashes on Ford Explorers led to over 270 deaths and countless serious injuries. Ford and Firestone have spent nearly $1.5 billion reimbursing tire owners and settling lawsuits since the recall was announced.
The Steeltex recall is the result of a new early warning system which requires tire manufacturers to supply the government with a range of data on different tire brands. Firestone reported in December 2003 that Steeltex tires were involved in at least three accidents that led to five deaths.
has already been filed against Bridgestone/Firestone over a brand of Steeltex tires not covered by the recall. The lawsuit, which is seeking class-action status, alleges the tire manufacturer used substandard materials when making a Steeltex model. The suit is seeking $1 billion in reimbursement fees.
If you have been injured because of a defective Steeltex tire, it may be important to contact an attorney
who can help you protect your legal rights. Please keep in mind that there may be time limits
within which you must commence suit.
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