Firestone Reaching One Million Mark in Drive to Replace Recalled Tires
28 August 2000Firestone Reaching One Million Mark in Drive to Replace Recalled Tires
NASHVILLE, Tenn., Aug. 26 This weekend Bridgestone/Firestone and other tire retailers will pass the 1 million tire mark in the drive to replace recalled Firestone Wilderness AT tires in size P235/75R15 produced at the company's Decatur, Ill plant and Radial ATX and Radial ATX II tires in the same size. "We appreciate the patience and understanding that so many of our Firestone customers have shown during this major undertaking," said John Lampe, executive vice president, Bridgestone/Firestone, Inc. "We're doing everything in our power to replace all recalled tires as quickly as possible." The conservative estimate of reaching at least 1 million tire replacements this weekend was made after reaching the 850,000 mark on Wednesday of this week. Currently, Bridgestone/Firestone manufacturing plants in the United States have increased production by 7,000 tires daily in the size needed to replace recalled tires to meet consumer needs. In addition, Bridgestone manufacturing plants in Japan are air lifting thousands of tires to assist with the recall, and competitive manufacturers are increasing production. "Our employees and dealers are responding to this challenge with energy and commitment," Lampe said. "We're also grateful for the cooperation of independent tire retailers, Ford/Mercury dealers and competing tire makers." Lampe said Firestone engineers and others are continuing their investigation to identify the root cause or causes of the tire failures that led to the recall. In addition, Bridgestone/Firestone announced today that the company plans to retain a leading independent tire expert or experts to examine and verify the company's internal investigation process.