Clarification Statement on Used Tire 'Bounty Program'
25 September 2000Clarification Statement by Christine Karbowiak, Vice President Public Affairs Bridgestone/Firestone Used Tire 'Bounty Program'
NASHVILLE, Tenn., Sept. 22 The following is a statement by Christine Karbowiak, Vice President, Public Affairs Bridgestone/Firestone used tire "bounty program": Bridgestone/Firestone, Inc. (BFS) wishes to clarify any misunderstandings that may have resulted from various reports about our "bounty program." Last week, BFS introduced a voluntary program in an effort to get all recalled tires out of circulation. As part of the plan, BFS will pick up recalled tires from used tire sellers and provide a $10 per tire incentive payment. This is a program for resellers only. The recalled tires are all Firestone ATX and ATX II tires in size P235/75R15, and Wilderness AT tires of the same size manufactured in Decatur, IL. Consumers who have recalled tires should continue to contact any of the nearly 13,000 Bridgestone/Firestone authorized participating retailers in order to exchange the tires. As of today, almost 2.9 million recalled tires have been replaced. Through all of our participating outlets, we are currently averaging a replacement rate of approximately 70,000 tires per day. BFS is seeking to replace all recalled tires as quickly as possible, and remains committed to every aspect of our customers' safety, satisfaction, and confidence.