DEARBORN, Mich. (June 14)—Ford Motor Co. now has 1.25 million tires available to replace recalled Firestone Wilderness AT tires, and hopes to complete the process by year's end, Ford officials told financial analysts in a teleconference today. The biggest problem in completing the recall, they said, is that Goodyear, Continental A.G. and Michelin North America Inc. don't normally make so many tires of this type. "The lead time on making tire molds will be the gateway on the speed at which we complete the recall," said Richard Parry-Jones, Ford group vice president for Global Product Development and Quality. Parry-Jones elaborated on the data Ford used in deciding to recall the 13 million Wilderness tires, saying that in three crucial areas—temperature, wedge dimension and peel strength—the Firestone tires were markedly inferior to the Goodyear tires supplied for the Ford Explorer. Only Firestone tires from the Aiken, S.C. manufacturing facility were comparable with the Goodyear tires, he claimed.
Ford has 1.25 million tires on hand for recall
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