July 24, 2006

Firestone takes additional steps to recover recalled tires

Nashville, Tennessee – In an effort to try to recover a small percentage of recalled tires that still remain with the public following an August 2000 tire recall and October 2001 replacement program, Firestone is urging consumers to replace affected tires that may still be in use.

The company is sending letters to current registered owners of Ford Explorer, Mercury Mountaineer and Mazda Navajo SUVs located in the United States, U.S. territories, Puerto Rico and Canada, as many of these vehicles were originally equipped with the affected tires. The letters urge consumers to check their tires, including the spare, to determine if they have a tire covered in either program and to get those tires replaced free of charge at any Firestone Complete Auto Care, ExpertTire, Tires Plus, Hibdon Tire and Wheel Works locations or any participating authorized Firestone dealer. Consumers can call 1.800.465.1904 for the location of the nearest participating store.

The 2000 voluntary safety recall and the 2001 voluntary replacement program applied to P235/75R15 Radial ATX and Radial ATX II tires, and certain P235/75R15 and P255/70R16 Wilderness AT tires, most of which were supplied as original equipment on Ford Explorer, Mercury Mountaineer or Mazda Navajo vehicles.

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