NASHVILLE, Tenn. (May 21)—Bridgestone/Firestone Inc. today ended its nearly 100-year business relationship with Ford Motor Co., saying Ford has not been forthcoming in sharing safety information regarding the Ford Explorer. John T. Lampe, Bridgestone/Firestone chairman, CEO and president, told Ford of the decision during a meeting this morning at Bridgestone/Firestone headquarters in Nashville attended by Carlos Mazzorin, Ford group vice president of global purchasing. Lampe also sent a letter to Ford CEO Jacques Nasser. "We have always said that in order to insure the safety of the driving public, it is crucial that there be a true sharing of information concerning the vehicle as well as the tires," Lampe said in his letter to Nasser. "You simply are not willing to do that. We believe you are attempting to divert scrutiny of your vehicle by casting doubt on the quality of Firestone tires. These tires are safe, and as we have said before, when we have a problem, we will acknowledge that problem and fix it. We expect you to do the same." The company said it will honor the terms of its existing agreements but will not enter into any new tire sales agreements in the Americas with Ford beginning today. The Ford accounts Bridgestone/Firestone is abandoning represent less than 5 percent of the tire maker's total revenues, Lampe said during a brief question-and-answer period following a news conference announcing the firm´s decision.
Bridgestone/Firestone cuts ties with Ford
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