Business: Total Recall

Firestone rolls them back

"The company had known for some time that these tires are a severe problem, with manydefective failures," Thunder Joan Claybrook, chief of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Last week, after months of angry negotiations, NHTSA pressed an agreement out of Firestone to recall its old 500 model steel-belted radials, which had experienced an unusual number of tread separations and blowouts.

The company will be obliged to recall as many as 7.5 million of the tires, primarily those produced between March 1975 and May 1976. In addition to the 500s, the recall includes similar tires sold as original...

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