WASHINGTON (Jan. 8, 2004) — Starting Dec. 22, U-Haul International Inc. stopped renting trailers to owners of Ford Explorers because of litigation fears.
A U-Haul spokeswoman confirmed the fact, but said the company officials who could comment further were unavailable. Ford Motor Co. became a target for litigation in the wake of the August 2000 recall of Firestone ATX, ATX II and Wilderness AT tires, most of which were original equipment on Explorer sport-utility vehicles. U-Haul, a Ford spokesman said, has “been very clear that this is not based on any safety concerns or technical issues, but strictly on litigation issues.”
The fact that U-Haul will still rent trailers to mechanically identical Mercury Mountaineers underscores this, the Ford spokesman said, adding that no one has mentioned whether tires play any role in this action.