has recalled certain tires for safety concerns -- namely,
that the tire tread might separate and cause serious accidents.
NHTSA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration,
is investigating over 60 deaths and many injuries that could
be linked to those tires.
has recalled the tires, offered replacement tires, and offered
reimbursement - including for recalled tires replaced with
other brands. At this time (Aug. 28), tires recalled are all
Firestone ATX and ATX II tires in the P235/75R15 size, and
all Firestone Wilderness AT tires in the P235/75R15 size that
were built at the Decatur, Illinois, tire plant.
citizens to replace all recalled tires and monitor whether
the recall is expand-ed. Remember: you can always take your
vehicle to a Bridgestone/Firestone store if you want them
to determine whether your tire is included in the recall.
Ford dealers also will check Ford vehicles, and most tire
retailers also will check your tires. (For more details on
recalled tires, see below.)
are sources of information about the tires and recall
- 800-465-1904. Web site: www.Firestone.com
Co. - 800-660-4719. Web site: www.Ford.com
Highway Traffic Safety Administration web site: www.NHTSA.DOT.GOV
are several ways to get replacement tires: To get replacement
tires free of charge, you may wish to start with a Bridgestone/Firestone
retailer or Ford dealer. If they are out of suitable replacement
tires at the time of your visit, they will likely include
you on a waiting list.
choose to replace tires from other sources than a Firestone
retail store or a Ford or Mazda dealership. Keep the recalled
tires you are replacing. Bridgestone/Firestone is making return
of the tires a condition of reimbursing consumers - up to
$100 for each tire replaced. If you replaced your tires and
Bridgestone/Firestone is denying reimbursement because you
didn't keep your recalled tires, contact the Attorney General's
Consumer Protection Division.
also has said that it will reimburse consumers who exchanged
recalled tires between January 1, 2000, and August 8, 2000,
whether the tires were replaced by Bridgestone/ Firestone
tires or another brand. Go to a Bridgestone/Firestone dealer
to get a reimbursement form. Again, reimbursement is up to
$100 each for non-Bridgestone/Firestone replacement tires.
are buying a used vehicle or used tires, be sure to avoid
buying recalled tires.
information, contact the Consumer Protection Division, Hoover
Building, Des Moines, Iowa 50319. The phone is 515-281-5926.
The web site is www.IowaAttorneyGeneral.org.
on How to Identify Tires Being Recalled
has recalled certain tires, offered replacement tires, and
offered reimbursement, including for recalled tires replaced
with other brands. As of Aug. 28, tires recalled are all Firestone
ATX and ATX II tires in the P235/75R15 size, and all Firestone
Wilderness AT tires in the P235/75R15 size that were built
at the Decatur, Illinois, tire plant.
information from the three website sources listed above, here
is more detail on identifying recalled tires:
being recalled: all Firestone ATX and ATX II tires in the
P235/75R15 size and all Firestone Wilderness AT tires in the
P235/75R15 size that were built at the Decatur, Illinois,
tire plant. (Note: the recall may be expanded without further
notice to you by the Attorney General.) See below for details
on how to identify the recalled tires. Check ALL tires, including
with these tires: Firestone recall tires were installed as
original equipment on the following: Ford Explorers1991-2000;
Mercury Mountaineers 1996-2000; Ford Rangers 1991-2000; Ford
F-Series pickups 1991-94; Ford Broncos 1991-94; Ford Explorer
Sport Tracs 2001; Mazda B-Series 1994-2000; and Mazda Navajos
1991-94. (However, not all tires included on these vehicles
are subject to the recall.) Recall tires also were sold in
the aftermarket and may be on any light truck or SUV with
P235/75R15 tires. Tires are being recalled regardless of the
vehicle they are on.
to check tires to see if they are included in the recall:
includes all ATX and ATX II tires of size P235/75R15 (but
not other ATX sizes.) The tire size is located on both sides
of the tire in raised black letters.
also includes certain Wilderness tires: Wilderness AT P235
tires made in Decatur, Ill. (Wilderness HT and LE tires, other
size ATs, and tires made elsewhere are not recalled at this
time.) If you have a Wilderness AT P235/75R15 tire, here's
how to determine if it was made in Decatur, Ill.: Find the
"DOT code" on the back or blackwall side of the
tire. Tires made in Decatur have numbers beginning with VD
- for example: DOT VDHLA 16089. The code is ten characters
following "DOT," and only tires starting with "VD"
are made in Decatur and subject to recall.
you can always take your vehicle to a Bridgestone/Firestone
store if you want them to determine whether your tire is included
in the recall. Ford dealers also will check Ford vehicles,
and most tire retailers will check your tires as well.
and citizens also should check with vehicle manufacturers
or tire retailers to be sure replacement tires are acceptable
for their vehicles. (See also, letter to licensed car dealers)