Reasons why the Firestone Tire was recalled
Firestone tire failure was caused by the product that covered the tires peeling off. This caused a large number of deaths and serious injuries to occupants of the vehicles. The injuries caused by these Firestone tires make them the deadliest recalled product in American history. In the year of 2000, 119 were killed due to Firestone Tires failure. A Ford Explorer rolled over after the tires blew out, causing many deaths and injuries to the people involved in the accident. Many people lost relatives and had injuries due to this failure. This caused public fear of Firestone Tires.
From 1991 to the present day, Firestone P235/75R15 tires are considered dangerous and were recalled. P235/75R15 tires from 1996 on were also a part of the recall.
Examples of people who affected by Firestone tires:
In Oscoda, a driver was reported that as he drove his vehicle he lost control while conducting maneuver lane change at 52 miles per hour. It was reported that the driver overcorrected a rear end slide; after a 360-degree flip, the vehicle was sent into a four-wheel slide.
From Saudi Arabia to Venezuela and also Thailand similar accidents occurred. On the US Highways, multiple Ford Explorers kept rolling over, causing both Ford and Firestone to be targets of consumer ire.
The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration started investigations due to the rising failures of tires.
Ford received a letter from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration which requested information about the failures of the tires on Ford Explorer vehicles. The analysis of the data failure on the tires was obtained by Ford.
Example of Tires that were recalled:
- 15 ATX
- Wilderness AT
- ATX II models incurred high rates failure.
As original pieces of equipment, Firestone tires were installed in the following vehicles:
- Bronco that was manufactured by Ford in 1991 – 1994
- Mountaineers manufactured by Mercury in 1996 – 2000
- F – series trucks manufactured by Ford in 1991 – 1994
- Explorers manufactured by Ford in 1991 – 2000
- Navajo manufactured by Mazda in 1991 – 1994
- B – series pickup trucks manufactured by Mazda in 1994 – 1996
Firestone tire and services center were capable of replacing the tires for the users who had already purchased them.
The company apologized for all the incidents that happened and were caused by the Firestone tires; the company compensated most of the users who underwent all the incidents after the government demanded them to do so. These Firestone tires were the cause of much pain and economic loss to consumers.