WASHINGTON (May 22)—Ford CEO Jacques Nasser is meeting with congressional committee chairmen and ranking Democrats over the lunch hour prior to flying back to Detroit to announce his company's decision regarding a further recall of Firestone tires. Nasser is discussing Ford's recall plans in successive meetings with Rep. Billy Tauzin, R-La., chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee; Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee; and Rep. John D. Dingell, D-Mich., ranking Democrat on House Energy and Commerce. All three legislators played a major role in the hearings on accidents involving Firestone tires on Ford Explorers last September, and in obtaining passage of the Transportation Recall Enhancement, Accountability and Documentation Act last year. According to various sources, Ford is poised to unilaterally recall up to 13 million Firestone tires in addition to the 6.5 million Bridgestone/Firestone Inc. already recalled. Ford has scheduled a press conference with Nasser for 5 p.m. today. Meanwhile, a spokeswoman for Michelin North America Inc. has confirmed that Ford has contacted Michelin about helping supply replacement tires for the further recall. The extent of the firm´s aid still is being decided, she said.
Nasser meets with House, Senate chairmen; Ford contacts Michelin
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