WASHINGTON (June 20)—The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration should complete its investigation of tread separation in more than 50 million Firestone tires by this time next month, Deputy Transportation Secretary Michael P. Jackson said at a joint hearing of two House Energy and Commerce subcommittees. The agency opened its investigation May 2000, three months before Bridgestone/Firestone Inc. voluntarily recalled 6.5 million Firestone ATX, ATX II and Wilderness AT tires. Jackson also said NHTSA was considering Firestone's submission of a study showing oversteer problems with the Ford Explorer to decide whether to open an investigation.
NHTSA promises Firestone results next month
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