It recalled the tires — originally estimated at 450,000 — after submitting to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) a report showing that the Hangzhou tires lacked sufficient gum strips between the belts to prevent tread separation.
FTS also estimated that the recall would cost $50 million to $80 million and told NHTSA it could only pay 10 to 15 percent of the cost.
A while later, FTS reduced the number of tires involved to 255,000, and estimated the recall cost at less than $20 million.
Mr. Lavigne, who was FTS' attorney at the time of the recall, became a company executive at that time.
The final tally of tires returned in the recall was only a small percentage of the total, according to Mr. Lavigne, with 7,254 tires from dealer stock and 1,650 from consumers.