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Published on March 7, 2009

Author: d10dell


Ford/Firestone Tire Recall:  Ford/Firestone Tire Recall The Recall:  The Recall On August 9, 2000 6.5 million Firestone Tires were recalled in the United States. The three different tire models included the 15” ATX, ATXII and the Wilderness AT As of September 2001, 192 deaths and 500 injuries were attributed to the Firestone tires mentioned above. Tire Cutaway Diagram:  Tire Cutaway Diagram What is Tread Separation:  What is Tread Separation Tread separation occurs when the rubber tread begins to separate from the steel belts inside the tire. This occurs because it is hard to adhere rubber to steel. Tread separation becomes more likely at high speeds and in warmer climates. Brief History:  Brief History In November of 1978, Firestone recalled 14.5 million tires due to tread separation. In May of 1988, Bridgestone took over Firestone and saved them from financial collapse due to the 1978 recall. In 1991, Bridgestone/Firestone ATX, ATXII and Wilderness AT tires were being used on the Ford Explorer. Brief History:  Brief History In 1992, Ford started to receive complaints regarding the Firestone tires. In 1999, Ford began replacing tires on models oversees without telling federal regulators. In February 2000, the Houston, Texas television station, KHOU did a story on tire separation on Ford Explorer tires. After this, many complaints were reported. NHTSA:  NHTSA NHTSA stands for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA’s mission statement is “to save lives, prevent injuries and reduce traffic-related health care and other economic costs.” The NHTSA provides important information to the consumer, such as crash test ratings and vehicle safety information. The NHTSA’s Investigation found::  The NHTSA’s Investigation found: Belt-leaving-belt tread separations reduce the driver’s ability to control the vehicle. It is especially dangerous when the separation occurs on the rear tires. The NHTSA’s Investigation found::  The NHTSA’s Investigation found: Once the belt-edge separations have begun, they will continue to grow resulting in tread detachment. This tends to occur more frequently at high speeds and warm climates. A design feature known as a “belt wedge” is used to prevent the growth of belt-edge cracks. The belt wedge gauge in the Firestone tires was found to be narrower than the peer tires. The NHTSA’s Investigation found::  The NHTSA’s Investigation found: There were several weak spots around the circumference of the tire due to a narrowing of the wedge gauge at the shoulder pocket. Due to the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act, the NHTSA has the burden of proving defects do exist. The investigation concluded that the tires manufactured mainly at the Wilson and Joliette locations were in fact, defective. What did Ford/Firestone do wrong?:  What did Ford/Firestone do wrong? Neither company had tire safety, testing and database analysis program. These types of programs provide early detection and intervention of product defects. What did Ford/Firestone do wrong?:  What did Ford/Firestone do wrong? Ford ignored an early warning sign in February of 1989 when 3 out of 17 tires tested had tread separation. Ford failed to notify consumers in the United States after issuing a tire recall in several other countries. Ford/Firestone should have…:  Ford/Firestone should have… Nylon overlays were a known alternative remedy that could have prevented the tread separation. The cost of using the nylon overlay was only one dollar per tire. The Benefit of the Nylon Overlay:  The Benefit of the Nylon Overlay 10 million tires were recalled The cost to use the nylon overlay on the recalled tires would have been 10 million dollars Instead, the company spent almost 1.7 billion dollars in legal fees and settlements. Conclusion:  Conclusion If Ford/Firestone had practiced courage of ethical conviction they would have: Spent the extra money to use the nylon overlays. Notified the proper authorities at the first indication of product failure Developed an in house tire safety and testing program.

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