Firestone Tires: Overview

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Since August 9, 2000 Bridgestone / Firestone Inc. has recalled approximately 10 million tires that contain a safety-related defect. Most of the tires in question were original equipment on Ford vehicles, primarily the Ford Explorer, although a small number were used as original equipment on other manufacturers' vehicles. In addition, the subject tires have been used as replacement tires on a wide variety of models.

The August 9, 2000 recall covers:

- P235/75 R15 Firestone ATX and ATX II tires (from 1991 to the present)

- P235/75R15 Wilderness AT tires (from 1996 to the present) manufactured at Firestone's Decatur, IL plant

The following tires were recalled on October 4, 2001:

- Firestone Wilderness AT P235/75R15 and P255/70R16 tires manufactured prior to May 1998 that are installed on SUVs and manufactured primarily at Wilson and Joliette and, to a lesser extent, at Oklahoma City.

In an unusual move, on May 22, 2001 Ford Motor Company issued its own "recall" of Firestone tires. Ford announced that it would replace all Firestone Wilderness AT tires that were originally installed on Ford vehicles. Ford took this action even though the Federal agency which oversees tire regulation, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), has not called for such a massive recall. Typically, either the manufacturer of a product or a regulatory agency issues recalls. Rarely has one manufacturer, such as Ford, issued a recall of another manufacturer's product, i.e., Firestone tires. It is alleged that the popular Ford Explorer plays a major role in many of the accidents involving these Firestone tires. Ford critics have blasted the design of the Explorer as inherently unstable. The Explorer's high center of gravity and relatively narrow wheelbase make it particularly susceptible to rollover. Combining the rollover propensity of the Explorer with defective Firestone tires has resulted in over 271 deaths and countless serious injuries. When an Explorer traveling on a defective Firestone tire experiences a blowout, the Explorer's questionable design often results in a rollover.

Hundreds of people injured by Firestone tires and Ford Explorers have filed various lawsuits around the United States. Both Ford and Firestone have been actively settling many of the cases, some for millions of dollars in damages.

If you have been injured by one of these products, 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.



InjuryBoard.com cannot guarantee that the information regarding Firestone recalls contained on this page is complete. For more information on this and other tire recalls, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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