WASHINGTON (May 30)—A spokesman for the office of House Commerce Committee Chairman Billy Tauzin, R-La., said he has no idea who might have told the magazine "Newsweek" that Ford Motor Co.'s current recall of 13 million Firestone Wilderness AT tires is not justified. The magazine quoted congressional sources as saying the preliminary data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's investigation of Firestone tires showed insufficient evidence of serious problems to justify a recall. "We would not make that our official position until we had reviewed all the data and held public hearings," the Tauzin spokesman said. "Someone exceeded their authority." In addition, the "Newsweek" story said Ford might ask Bridgestone/Firestone Inc. to help foot the $3 billion cost of the new recall, and also that the auto maker had started recalling Firestone Wilderness tires in China, Venezuela and Spain.
Sources 'exceeded their authority,' according to congressional spokesman
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