WASHINGTON (May 21)—Ford Motor Co. will announce May 22 what it intends to do about safety problems it claims to have found with non-recalled Wilderness AT tires, Jacques Nasser, Ford president and CEO, said today in a prepared statement. Ford's lead research team met with top officials of Bridgestone/Firestone Inc. in Nashville, Tenn., to present its most recent analysis of the non-recalled tires, according to Nasser. "Tomorrow, we plan to inform our customers, (the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) and Congress of these findings concerning Firestone Wilderness AT tires and, importantly, our actions to address these issues," he said. "We are deeply disappointed that upon hearing and seeing this analysis of Firestone Wilderness AT tires, Firestone decided not to work together for the safety of our shared customers, which is the only issue that matters." Shortly before this announcement, Bridgestone/Firestone CEO John T. Lampe announced his company was severing its ties with Ford, accusing the auto maker of "attempting to divert attention and scrutiny away from their vehicles by casting aspersions on Firestone." Nasser denied Lampe's accusations that the design of the Ford Explorer is at least partly to blame for the accidents that killed 174 people according to NHTSA figures. "For more than 10 years, Explorer consistently has ranked at or near the top in terms of safety among the 12 SUVs in its class," he said.
Ford to announce findings on Wilderness tires May 22
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