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Firestone Recalls Tires

August 9, 2000

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Bridgestone/Firestone Inc. announced Wednesday a voluntary safety recall of 6.5 million tires for light trucks and sport utility vehicles that have been implicated in more than 45 deaths.

The company said the recall involves all Firestone radial ATX and radial ATXII tires produced in North America, including Mexico, and Wilderness AT tires produced at the company’s Decatur, Ill., plant.

In a news release issued moments before a scheduled news conference, the company said about 14.4 million of these tires have been produced.

``The company estimates that the number of tires still in use and involved in the recall is 6.5 million, which includes 3.8 million radial ATX and ATXII tires and 2.7 million Wilderness AT tires,″ the statement said.

``At Bridgestone/Firestone, nothing is more important to us than the safety of our consumers,″ said Gary Crigger, Bridgestone/Firestone executive vice president.

``We felt we must take this extraordinary step as a precaution to ensure consumer safety and consumer confidence in our brands,″ Crigger said. ``So, no matter how many tires, no matter how many miles they have on them, we will replace them with new tires.″

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