• Jul 21st 2006 at 7:02PM
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With recent fatal accidents reported for '90s-era Ford Explorers fitted with Firestone radials, Firestone has renewed efforts to get the problem-plagued tires off the road.
In 2000 and 2001, Firestone recalled about 6.5 million of its Radial ATX and Wilderness AT tires after separating tires led to a number of serious accidents involving Ford Explorers, Mercury Mountaineers and Mazda Navajos made before the 2000 model year. Although the recall successfully replaced 6.3 million tires, an estimated 200,000 tires are still out there, and accidents are still being reported. Apparently, many of the tires missed by the recall were fitted as spares, and are only now coming into service.

A random check by the NHTSA in the Washington, D.C. area found up to 10 percent of older Ford SUVs still carrying the recalled tires as spares. Meanwhile, new lawsuits are pending against Firestone.

[Source: CNN/Money]


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      • 9 Years Ago
      Maybe if folks had been provided with proper inflation information for these tires, and also had not driven like assholes, the tires would not have failed.

      I wonder why failures were not occurring in such large percentages on other makes? I've been using Firestone tires for years without problem. Then again, I put enough air in them, and remember that my truck is... a truck.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Amazing that some people would ignore a safety recall of this magnitude. The publicity was loud and clear as well as letters sent to Explorer/Firestone owners.

      Must be lots of nitwits out there.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Second That

      Too many simpletons that want everything done for them and if it isnt then they look for somebody to blame, then sue.
      gbh
      • 9 Years Ago
      Matter of historical fact: Ford recommended tire pressures that were lower than Firestone engineers determined to be safe. How is Firestone remotely responsible for that?

      Ford did this to (theoretically) reduce tendency for the Exploder to roll over.

      This is yet another case of blame being placed where it has little or no business being placed.

      This is much akin the Nastards blaming Simpson for Earhardt's death. Even though that cretin's belts were routed incorrectly, and he ran them so loose as to be useless. Even though the investigation clearly showed the driver to be 100% responsible. It's always 'somebody else's fault'. Ugh.

      The continuous dumbing down of America is getting us nowhere.

      • 9 Years Ago
      PEOPLE...SCENARIO...YOU START WITH A VEHICLE THAT IS MORE PRONE TO ROLLOVER, THE "MFG(FORD)" HAS YOU PUT IN 26 POUNDS OF AIR PRESSURE (NOW = 30 psi), THE TIRE NATURALLY LOSES SOME AIR OVER TIME (AND YOU DON'T CHECK IT, EVER!), THE OWNER LOADS IT WITH A FULL TANK OF GAS, PUTS FOUR (FULL-SIZE)PEOPLE IN IT PLUS LUGGAGE,...OVER THE CARGO PAYLOAD MAX FOR SURE), HEADS OUT ONTO TO THE HIGHWAY DRIVING 85-100+ MPH, AND THE TIRE HEATS UP AND FAILS, REGARDLESS WHAT BRAND..................................................C H E C K Y O U R T I R E S A I R P R E S S U R E ! .......SET THEM AT 35 PSI (BETTER FUEL ECONOMY AND HANDLING, MAYBE SOME HARSHER RIDE), EVERYONE WINS!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Firestone ?! I didn't heard about they