WASHINGTON (Oct. 4)—Bridgestone/Firestone Inc., rather than fight a defect decision by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, has agreed to recall 768,000 Firestone Wilderness AT tires in exchange for NHTSA closing its investigation. The tires are all that remain of 3.5 million Wilderness ATs made prior to May 1998 that suffer weak spots around their circumference, leading to tread separation, according to the agency. Ford Motor Co. said the tires named by NHTSA already were covered in the auto maker's May 2001 recall of 13 million Firestone tires that were original equipment on its vehicles.
Bridgestone/Firestone to recall more tires
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