WASHINGTON-Aug. 29 is the day Bridgestone/Firestone Inc.'s recall of 6.5 million tires will officially end, according to the tire maker.
The company initiated the recall of 15-inch Firestone ATX, ATX II and Wilderness tires last Aug. 9 in response to growing fears that the tires-particularly when mounted on Ford Explorers-presented unreasonable danger of tread separation. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration began investigating the tires in May 2000, and is expected to release its findings sometime this month.
A BFS spokeswoman announced June 25 that the company had replaced more than 6.3 million tires, or about 97 percent of the estimated number of tires to be recalled.
``This is an extremely high replacement percentage for a recall,'' she said in a prepared statement.
There were more than enough tires on hand at more than 8,500 authorized Firestone dealers to complete the recall, and no waiting lists remain, she added.
If owners of recalled tires still want to replace them at competitors' stores, BFS will honor any complete request for reimbursement that is postmarked by Aug. 29. NHTSA sets forth specific requirements for the official end of a recall, another BFS spokeswoman said. She did not enumerate these conditions, except for a 60-day notice to the agency.