WASHINGTON (May 15, 2003) — Due to a curing problem, Bridgestone/Firestone is recalling 42 Firestone Steeltex A/T tires, size LT235/75R15, manufactured at the company's plant in LaVergne, Tenn., between March 9 and March 15, 2003.
An incorrect setting on a curing machine in the factory caused the tires to be insufficiently cured in the tread shoulder area, a BFS spokesman told Tire Business. That, according to a notice from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), might in turn lead to irregular wear, road noise, vibrations and tread separation.
BFS, however, said there was no indication that the recalled tires were not up to industry performance standards. “We've recovered all 42 tires,” the BFS spokesman said. “They were such a small number, and so recently produced, that it was pretty easy to figure out who had them.”
“We've had no problem with these tires,” he added.
NHTSA investigated the Steeltex R4S, R4SII and A/T tires between September 2000 and April 2002, but found no defect trend.
However, Pasadena, Calif., attorney Joseph L. Lisoni is trying to get the agency to reopen the investigation. For his effort, Mr. Lisoni has enlisted the support of Public Citizen, the Center for Auto Safety and the plaintiffs' attorney Web site Safetyforum.com, among others.