WASHINGTON (April 15)—The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has closed its investigation into Firestone Steeltex R4S, R4S II and A/T light truck tires, finding no defect trend. NHTSA began the investigation into Steeltex tires Sept. 29, 2000, less than two months after the recall of 6.5 million Firestone ATX, ATX II and Wilderness AT tires. Noting that the complaint patterns against the Steeltex tires seemed to be affected by media coverage of the recall, the agency said it found the evidence does not support a defect finding against the tires, but also that it would reopen the investigation if new evidence becomes available. "With the closing of this issue, we are now in an even better position to focus our efforts and resources on the forward-looking work of rebuilding our company and the Firestone brand," Bridgestone/Firestone said in a prepared statement.
NHTSA finds no defects in Firestone Steeltex tires
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