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Update: Details of Tire Inspection and Replacement Program

14 September 2000

Update: Details of Tire Inspection and Replacement Program
    NASHVILLE, Tenn., Sept. 13 On Sept. 12, 2000, John Lampe,
Executive Vice President of Bridgestone/Firestone, Inc. (BFS), announced the
company is providing free inspections at company-owned stores and authorized
retailers for any consumers who may be concerned about tires covered in the
National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) Consumer
Advisory dated September 1.  In addition, Lampe said, the company is prepared
to replace the tires covered by the Advisory if a customer is concerned, using
competitors' products if necessary.  If a customer chooses to visit a
competitor's location for replacement tires, BFS will reimburse the customer,
with proper documentation, up to $140 per tire, based on actual costs for
competitive products installed at non-BFS retailers.  The reimbursement amount
will cover the tire purchase, mounting, balancing, valve stems, taxes and
disposal fees as required by law.  In order to obtain reimbursement for the
competitors' replacement tires, the customer should return the old tires to
any authorized participating BFS retailer and obtain a reimbursement form.
The completed form, along with the original receipt for the returned tires,
should be mailed to the address shown on the form.  Forms are also available
on the web at .
    This inspection and replacement program is being implemented as a customer
satisfaction program to address consumer concerns as a result of the September
1, 2000 NHTSA Consumer Advisory.  It is not a recall and is completely
separate from the recall of the P235/75R15 Radial ATX and ATX II tires
produced in North America and the same size Wilderness AT tires produced in
the Decatur IL factory.  The maximum reimbursement for recalled tires remains
at up to $100 per tire.  The difference in reimbursement rate is due to the
range and sizes of the tires in the NHTSA Consumer Advisory compared to those
covered by the recall.