NASHVILLE, Tenn. (May 23)—Ford Motor Co. refuses to look at the real issue involving tire failures on the Ford Explorer, which is the Explorer itself, John T. Lampe, Bridgestone/Firestone Inc. CEO, said in response to Ford's announcement that it is recalling 13 million Firestone Wilderness AT tires. "Our tires are safe," Lampe said in a prepared statement. "When we have a problem, we admit it and we fix it. Ford refused to look at issues surrounding the Explorer in August. Ford failed to do that today." A Bridgestone/Firestone spokeswoman also said that at no time during Monday´s meeting between the two companies did anyone from Ford ask the tire maker to join the firm in a recall or replacement program. At that time Ford said it had made no decision regarding Firestone tires. "Comments by Ford to the contrary are inaccurate," the spokeswoman said. Ford CEO Jacques Nasser said the auto maker didn´t ask Bridgestone/Firestone to join in the recall because "they said they wanted to terminate the relationship, and that was that."
'Ford refused to look at issues'—Lampe
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