Firestone tire recall announced

Tire Brand Name / Tire Line / Tire Size: FIRESTONE / FR380 / P235/75R15

Production Dates: SEP 09, 2007 – JUL 02, 2008

Manufacturer: BRIDGESTONE/FIRESTONE NORTH AMERICA TIRE (BATO)

Mfr’s Report Date: JUN 25, 2009

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 09T007000

Component: TIRES:TREAD/BELT

Potential Number of Units Affected: 127,183

Summary: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) just announced a major tire recall of over 127,183 Firestone FR380 tires, size P235/75R15. The tires were manufactured from September 9, 2007 through July 2, 2008.  Consumers are being urged to stop using the recalled tires immediately and contact Firestone for a free replacement.

Consequence:Continued use of the recalled tires may lead to vibrations and groove cracking.  Extended use could lead to tread distortion or tread separation and loss of vehicle control.

Remedy: BATO is supposed to immediately replace the affected tires free of charge.  BATO will also mount and balance the replacement tires, all at no charge or expense to the owner.  The Firestone tire recall is expected to begin on or about June 29, 2009.  Owners may contact BATO toll-free at 1-800-465-1904.

Notes:Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236, or go to www.safercar.gov.



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