NHTSA Denies Firestone Request For Ford Explorer Investigation
Analysis on Explorer and Firestone statistics:
Scroll through first 10 or so slides, if they bore you.
Anyways Scorpio, how would you as a company, test for tire failure after 3, 4 or 5+ years of use and possible under maintenance?
This is how it works. Ford puts an order into Firestone for a shipment of tires. Firestone says ok, we'll get right on it, and have all of their plants produce more of the reuqested type of tires. Ford gets them, installs them, and 4 or 5 years later 1,100 out of 4 million+ Explorers have accidents involving tire tread separation. Not a huge number, definitely involving old tires that have probably never seen a air gauge except by the dealership.
At least Ford has systematically replaced all tires that are in question, therefor reducing the risk of future occurances to zero. Show me where Ford dragged their feet? A 2 billion (or similair amount) cost to replace all the tires isn't something you would JUMP into as a corporation is it? Don't think this is where they started fixing the problem. Remember they only were chaning a few tires at first? Then they went ahead and took pretty much all Firestones off? Once it became known that the Firestone decatur tires were signifigantly below status quo, they were all replaced.
And what does Toyota do to owners with sludge in their oil? I'm sure Firestone is swearing their tires are good, as long as properly maintained. Ford could have done the same, but they didn't.
End of story, all information retained from government and company releases, and NOT the local TV NEWS.