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Uniroyal Approved For Replacement in Firestone Recall

19 August 2000

Bridgestone/Firestone Approves Uniroyal Tires For Replacement in Firestone Recall
    GREENVILLE, S.C. - Consumer demand for tires has been overwhelming since 
Firestone announced a recall of 6.5 million tires last week. Now, Uniroyal Tire 
has been formally approved by Bridgestone/Firestone, Inc. to provide tires to 
consumers affected by the recall.  Bridgestone/Firestone will reimburse up to 
$100 per tire, including mounting and balance charges and taxes, to consumers 
who purchase Uniroyal tires to replace their recalled Firestone tires.

    "We know this is a difficult time, and we are doing everything we can to
help Firestone customers affected by the recall," said Uniroyal Tire Brand
Manager Joe Herget.  "Our plants are operating around the clock, seven days a
week to meet this extraordinary consumer demand.  We are working extremely
hard to get tires to our dealers just as quickly as possible."

    Herget said Uniroyal Tire has worked with Ford Motor Co. to identify
specific Uniroyal tires that have been authorized by Ford as replacements for
the recalled Firestone tires.  Information pertaining to the recall has been
communicated to the national network of 5,000 Uniroyal Tire dealers.

    Consumers who wish to replace their recalled Firestone tires with Uniroyal
tires can determine the proper Uniroyal tire for their vehicle by consulting
an authorized dealer, the company's Web site ( or its
consumer toll-free hotline at (877)-UNIROYAL.

    The Uniroyal Tire Web site provides consumers instant access to tire
replacement information.  The site also contains easy access to information on
the Uniroyal Tire dealer network, a tire selection guide, consumer hotline and
other useful tire-related information.

    In addition to offering a broad range of standard tire lines that fit most
of today's popular vehicles, Uniroyal is the only tire brand with a full line
of self-sealing tires designed specifically for SUVs and pickups.  The
Laredo(R) with NailGard(R) tire is designed to prevent flats -- it instantly
and permanently seals 90 percent of tread punctures 3/16" or less.

    The Uniroyal brand has a long and proud history in the tire business.  The
brand's history dates back to 1892 as the United States Rubber Company.  That
company began manufacturing and marketing tires with the Uniroyal name in
1964.  Today, the Uniroyal brand markets a wide variety of high-quality,
high-mileage tires for many of America's most popular family vehicles and
light trucks.