Bridgestone/Firestone Steeltex A/T Tire Recall

Because Bridgestone/Firestone Steeltex A/T tires have been recalled because of defects in the past, consumers should pay close attention to their current status to prevent blowouts, roof crushes, rollovers, tread separations and other potentially injurious – if not fatal – accidents in the future.

Make / Models:

FIRESTONE / STEELTEX A/T

Recall Number:

04T003000

Summary:

LT265/75R16 LOAD RANGE D STEELTEX RADIAL A/T TIRES, MANUFACTURED BETWEEN MARCH 1999 AND DECEMBER 2002. MOST OF THESE TIRES WERE INSTALLED AS ORIGINAL EQUIPMENT ON APPROXIMATELY 80,000 MY 2000-2003 FORD EXCURSION LARGE SIZE SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES. BFS STATED THAT IF THE TIRES ARE OPERATED AT BELOW RECOMMENDED INFLATION PRESSURES OR ABOVE THIS IS NOT A SAFETY RECALL IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE SAFETY ACT. HOWEVER, IT IS DEEMED A SAFETY IMPROVEMENT CAMPAIGN BY THE AGENCY. RECOMMENDED LOADS OR AT EXCESSIVE SPEEDS, THEY MAY EXPERIENCE RAPID AIR LOSS, POSSIBLY RESULTING IN A VEHICLE CRASH.

Consequence:

PERSONAL INJURY OR POSSIBLY DEATH COULD RESULT IN THE EVENT OF A VEHICLE CRASH.

Remedy:

BFS, IN CONJUNCTION WITH FORD MOTOR COMPANY, WILL NOTIFY ITS CUSTOMERS AND REPLACE THE TIRES FREE OF CHARGE. BFS WILL REPLACE THE AFFECTED TIRES FREE OF CHARGE. NOTIFICATION TO OWNERS BEGAN MARCH 5, 2004. OWNERS WHO TAKE THEIR VEHICLES TO AN AUTHORIZED DEALER ON AN AGREED UPON SERVICE DATE AND DO NOT RECEIVE THE FREE REMEDY WITHIN A REASONABLE TIME SHOULD CONTACT FIRESTONE CUSTOMER AFFAIRS AT 1-800-465-1904.

Notes:

THIS IS NOT A SAFETY RECALL IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE SAFETY ACT. HOWEVER, IT IS DEEMED A SAFETY IMPROVEMENT CAMPAIGN BY THE AGENCY. CUSTOMERS CAN CONTACT BRIDGESTONE/FIRESTONE AT 800 465 1904. CUSTOMERS CAN ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION’S AUTO SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-DASH-2-DOT (1-888-327-4236).

SOURCE: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)

WARNING: Please Read The Following

The Possibility of a Tire Defect Lawsuit

If you or a loved one have experienced a serious injury as a direct result of a Bridgestone/Firestone Steeltex A/T tire’s blowout, tread separation and subsequent rollover, roof crush or other major accident, make sure to keep in your possession every piece of equipment involved. Do not relinquish control of your vehicle or send the manufacturer the detached tread, blown out tire or other pieces of rubber. All of this is crucial evidence in your case, and getting rid of any of it will make proper inspections and crashworthiness tests difficult, if not possible. This could hurt your case immeasurably. Always work with a personal injury attorney with experience handling tire failure to make sure you receive the proper settlement.

NHTSA and Bridgestone/Firestone Tire Manufacturers

Tire recalls not initiated by the manufacturer are the responsibility of The Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), which also establishes federal safety standards for both tires and vehicles. Learn more about its relationship with defective Bridgestone/Firestone tires:

Legal Help with Failed Bridgestone/Firestone Tires

With 30 years of experience, Martindale-Hubble recognition and a Steven J. Sharp Award behind it, Willis Law Firm is well equipped to handle your Cooper tire failure case. If you or a loved one have suffered from a serious accident as a result of damaged or defective tires, don’t hesitate to contact us for help with everything from evidence procurement, inspections and all other elements necessary for your case to come together. To schedule your consultation with us, fill out our online form or give us a toll-free call at 1-800-883-9858.

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