DETROIT (Aug. 23)—While Continental Tire North America is taking responsibility for suspected flaws in 600,000 tires, most of them on large Ford Motor Co. sport-utilities, there is a trail of evidence that strongly suggests that the auto maker contributed to the problem. The tires were ordered during furious cost-cutting by Ford and under conditions similar to those that led the company to purchase faulty tires from Bridgestone/Firestone Inc. Ford has acknowledged that it inadvertently mislabeled many of the two-wheel-drive Ford Expeditions and Lincoln Navigators with Continental tires. Drivers were told to inflate rear tires to 30 pounds per square inch instead of the intended 33.
Ford plays role in Conti tire problem
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