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Thursday, August 03, 2006
Firestone Starts New Recall Notifications on 2000 and 2001 Tires
Firestone North American Tire Company has recently begun a new, added campaign to contact consumers to replace the defective tires recalled in 2000 and 2001 that may still be in use. To support Firestone’s effort, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recommended that owners replace all tires that were originally included in those recall efforts.
The recalled tires, which were generally installed as standard equipment on particular Ford Explorers, Mercury Mountaineers, and Mazda Navajos, include Wilderness AT models manufactured prior to May 1998. Not affected by the recall campaigns are tires manufactured after that date.
The autos that probably still possess the recalled tires are ones that had four tires replaced in the 2000 and 2001 recall efforts but may still employ the original, recalled tire as a spare.
Owners are advised to have all tires checked, including the spare, to be certain that all recalled tires have been removed from the vehicle. The replacement process will be done at Firestone’s expense, and not cost the owner anything.
Firestone will be mailing notices to all current owners of the probable affected autos, advising them to have tires inspected at a Firestone-owned store such as Firestone Complete Auto Care, ExpertTire, Tires Plus, Hibdon Tire and Wheel Works or any other authorized Firestone dealer.
The NHTSA also recommends that all tire inspections, particularly on 2001 and later sport utility vehicles, be performed by service managers and technicians.
For additional information on the tires affected by the recall, consumers can call Firestone at (800) 465-1904. A list of recalled tires also can be found at: www.firestone.com.
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