DETROIT (Sept. 25, 2000) — Ford Motor Co. is now recommending an inflation level of 30 psi for the Firestone P235/75R15 tires outfitted on its Explorer sport utility vehicles.
Ford is notifying Explorer owners of the change after Bridgestone/Firestone Inc. urged the car maker publicly to do so, citing the increased safety factor.
Ford said it is making the change — from its earlier stance that inflation in a range from 26-30 psi was sufficient — because statements by a Bridgestone/Firestone executive during a hearing in the House of Representatives Sept. 21 "has caused confusion among our customers."
The auto maker said it continues to remain "confident that 26 psi is a safe pressure for the Explorer."
At the hearing, before a subcommittee of the House Commerce Committee, BFS Executive Vice President John Lampe testified that BFS "believes very strongly that 30 psi provides the consumer with additional safety margin; at 30 psi, the Explorer can handle higher speeds and 400 pounds greater load than at 26 psi. We know now that at 26 psi, there is a low safety margin for the Explorer as compared to other SUVs."