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Bridgestone Americas Holding recalled more than 300,000 Firestone Steeltex tires after reports of five traffic deaths possibly related to Steeltex tread failure.

Bridgestone Americas Holding recalled more than 300,000 Firestone Steeltex tires after reports of five traffic deaths possibly related to Steeltex tread failure. The tires were made in Canada exclusively for 2000-2003 Ford Excursion full-size sport utility vehicles and have been discontinued. The tires are implicated in 14 accidents that killed five and injured 20. Bridgestone estimates that 297,000 of the tires remain on the road in the U.S., with an additional 20,000 in other countries. They are identified as Steeltex AFF LT265/75R-16 tires with a load range rating of D. Firestone stores and Ford dealerships will exchange the tires at no charge for heavier-duty, load-range E Steeltex tires or similar tires from other manufacturers.
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Title Annotation:Corporate, Financial News
Publication:Rubber World
Date:Mar 1, 2004
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