WASHINGTON (Aug. 18)—Bridgestone/Firestone Inc. will reimburse all consumers who buy non-Firestone replacement tires for their recalled ATX, ATX II and Wilderness AT radials, not just those who did so before Aug. 17, a company spokeswoman said. Motorists must bring their old tires to one of the more than 13,000 participating Ford dealers, Firestone dealers or company-owned Firestone stores and obtain a reimbursement form, she said. In its Aug. 16 newspaper advertisement, Bridgestone/Firestone said it would reimburse buyers of non-Firestone replacement tires between Jan. 1 and Aug. 16 up to $100 per tire, but from Aug. 17 it "strongly urge(d)" them to go only to authorized Firestone retailers for replacement tires. On Aug. 17, Judge Charles Wine of the Jefferson County Circuit Court in Louisville, Ky., issued an injunction ordering the company to extend the reimbursement policy to all motorists, but company officials answering questions during an Aug. 17 media conference call said they had not heard of Wine´s ruling and that it hadn´t influenced their decision to extend the plan.
Bridgestone/Firestone reimbursement plan extended indefinitely
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