GREENVILLE, S.C. (Aug. 21, 2000) — Bridgestone/Firestone Inc. (BFS) has added Michelin North America Inc.´s 10,000-strong dealer network to its list of approved retailers where consumers can purchase new tires to replace those affected by the recall of 6.5 million Firestone tires.
Consumers owning recalled Firestone tires may now purchase Michelin tires from any authorized Michelin tire retailer, with BFS providing a reimbursement of up to $100 per tire, including the cost of mounting and balancing and applicable taxes, Michelin said in a press release.
BFS announced Aug. 9 it was voluntarily recalling its ATX, ATX II and Wilderness A/T light truck tires in size P235/75R15. Federal officials have received more than 750 complaints regarding those tires, including reports of accidents that have resulted in 62 deaths and more than 100 injuries.
Michelin said it has worked with Ford Motor Co. to identify specific Michelin tires that are authorized by the auto maker as replacements for the recalled tires.
"We understand the consumer need and are doing everything we can to provide relief to Firestone customers affected by the recall," said Jim Micali, Michelin president and chairman. "Since the beginning of the Firestone recall, we have worked closely with Ford to provide tires to consumers, increased our production by 250 percent to meet the demand and thoroughly educated our dealer network on how to assist those affected by the recall."
Greenville, S.C.-based Michelin also announced, on Aug. 18, that its BFGoodrich and Uniroyal tires have been approved by BFS as replacements for the recalled Firestone tires.
Uniroyal Tire Brand Manager Joe Herget said the company´s plants "are operating around the clock, seven days a week to meet this extraordinary consumer demand. We are working extremely hard to get tires to our dealers just as quickly as possible."
Meanwhile, Mathew Aaron, brand manager, BFGoodrich tires, said production of that brand has been increased dramatically by Michelin to fulfill national demand.
According to Michelin, consumers wishing to replace their recalled Firestone tires and wanting to find out which tire best fits their vehicles´ needs can contact an authorized Michelin dealer, the company´s Web site (www.michelin.com) or its consumer toll-free hotline at (888)-Michelin.©