NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Dec. 11)—Contrary to a ``USA Today´´ report, representatives of Bridgestone/Firestone Inc. aren´t meeting Dec. 11 with officials of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to discuss conclusions over root problems with 6.5 million recalled ATX and Wilderness AT tires, according to a company spokesman. "I can´t speak for Ford—they might meet with NHTSA today—and I can´t comment on what Ford might tell NHTSA. But we won´t meet with them till later in the week," he said. This week´s meeting—one of a series the spokesman described as "consistent and rather routine"—will review the latest information Bridgestone/Firestone has gathered on the tires, including field and technical laboratory testing, data from the recalled and failed tires and computer modeling. "We´re not at a point to reach conclusions," the spokesman said, adding that the "USA Today" report erred when it referred to adhesives used in making the tires. "We don´t use adhesives on those tires," he said. "We are investigating the adhesion between the belts, not adhesives." Ford officials couldn´t be reached for comment, and a NHTSA spokesman said he wasn´t at liberty to speak on the matter.
Bridgestone/Firestone denies report on reason for tire failures
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