WASHINGTON (July 20)—Bridgestone/Firestone Inc. today released a list of 16 accidents involving failures of non-Firestone tires on Ford Explorers that occurred between 1997 and 2001. Fourteen of the accidents involved tread separations, and 13 caused fatalities, according to the list. A total of 15 people were killed and 29 injured in the crashes. Michelin, Dunlop, Goodyear, Uniroyal, B.F. Goodrich, General, Cooper and Kelly-Springfield tires were all involved. The accidents occurred in California, Mississippi, Georgia, Arizona, Florida, Missouri and Puerto Rico. At the July 19 teleconference announcing Bridgestone/Firestone's defiance in the face of a pending further recall from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Bridgestone/Firestone CEO John T. Lampe said he had information on tire failure accidents involving non-Firestone tires on Ford Explorers, and agreed to share that information with the press. "Real-world data shows that other tires when mounted on Explorers can experience tread separation," he said. "Removing our tires is not going to be a solution."
Firestone releases info on 16 non-Firestone Explorer accidents
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