An Unwieldy Recall

Firestone and Ford can't steer clear of the fallout

If Ford and Firestone's biggest challenge these days was just getting 6.5 million defective tires off the road, they wouldn't be having such a rough ride. While the Aug. 9 voluntary recall has created a run on tires for the popular Ford Explorer SUV and Ranger pickups, rivals like Michelin and Goodyear have gladly picked up the slack. Close to 900,000 of the 15-in. Radial ATX, ATX II and certain Wilderness AT models linked to 62 deaths have been exchanged. To free up 70,000 more tires, Ford is temporarily shutting down three U.S. truck plants and Firestone is airlifting replacements from...

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