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Old 08-25-2008, 05:12 PM   #1
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Old 08-25-2008, 05:31 PM   #2
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Bridgestone issues a tire recall? My god, who would have thought! Didn't they equip all those Ford Exploders with Bridgestones?
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Bridgestone issues a tire recall? My god, who would have thought! Didn't they equip all those Ford Exploders with Bridgestones?
Firestone Tires. (same company)

The problem was a tire that was barely rated for the load it had to carry (a big, heavy-arse Explorer), then for a more "comfortable ride" Ford under-inflated the tires. Of course, I'm usually on a Freeway all of about 1/2-mile when I'm passed by someone in an Explorer goin' 85-95mph..................
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Firestone Tires. (same company)

The problem was a tire that was barely rated for the load it had to carry (a big, heavy-arse Explorer), then for a more "comfortable ride" Ford under-inflated the tires. Of course, I'm usually on a Freeway all of about 1/2-mile when I'm passed by someone in an Explorer goin' 85-95mph..................
I bought Firestone tires once for a '75 Mercedes diesel. Full extra warranty and all that nonsense. A year later I accidentally hit a curb and damaged the bead on a tire. I took the wheel to Firestone and by the time they were done pro-rating and calculating and all that jazz the "free replacement" tire cost as much as a new one. Never again. Discount Tires puts them on and replaces them without any added in hidden costs. Big "O" doesn't screw with you either. Better tires (can't beat BF Goodrich All-terrains) and cheaper. F*** Firestone (along with China and Hugo.)

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I bought Firestone tires once for a '75 Mercedes diesel. Full extra warranty and all that nonsense. A year later I accidentally hit a curb and damaged the bead on a tire. I took the wheel to Firestone and by the time they were done pro-rating and calculating and all that jazz the "free replacement" tire cost as much as a new one. Never again. Discount Tires puts them on and replaces them without any added in hidden costs. Big "O" doesn't screw with you either. Better tires (can't beat BF Goodrich All-terrains) and cheaper. F*** Firestone (along with China and Hugo.)

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A '75 Mercedes diesel was punishment enough!
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I bought Firestone tires once for a '75 Mercedes diesel. Full extra warranty and all that nonsense. A year later I accidentally hit a curb and damaged the bead on a tire. I took the wheel to Firestone and by the time they were done pro-rating and calculating and all that jazz the "free replacement" tire cost as much as a new one. Never again. Discount Tires puts them on and replaces them without any added in hidden costs. Big "O" doesn't screw with you either. Better tires (can't beat BF Goodrich All-terrains) and cheaper. F*** Firestone (along with China and Hugo.)

Ranting done for today.
I've bought Firestone's before (for a Truck) - only problem I ever had with them was wear - didn't like the mileage I got from them, but they had good traction and road-feel.

Can't beat Michelin LTX's though - got over 80,000 out of the last set, Great tires all the way around - should've bought another set of them instead of the Firestones.

I never buy any tires from a "namebrand Dealer" like the Goodyear and Firestone stores around here.

F all of 'em. 'Specially Mal~Wart.

I just take my business to Norm the Tire Man (local chain), 'cuz they always have a good tire for the money, and treat female customers very well (very helpful if you send The Wife down to have tires put on the vehicle while you're at work, and you don't feel like they're gonna jerk them around just because they're a Woman).

(you might be surprised how many shops do such a thing in this area - their Loss - I refer everyone I can to Norm for tires/brakes/alignment/light mechanical)

OK, how the hell did this turn into a "referral" thread?
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A '75 Mercedes diesel was punishment enough!
Yeah, but I had great fun driving that smoky b@stard by the Sierra Club office downtown.
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OK, I had to look.

Personally, I haven't trusted Firestone since the '721' debacle.

Anyhow, the recall is for a missing DOT stamp.

Quote_ Bridgestone is recalling 4,202 tires due to improper Department of Transportation certification stamping.

The affected tires were produced in Japan and intended for sale in the Japanese and European markets but may have made their ways to the U.S. market. The tires conform to the Japan Automobile Tire Manufacturers Association (JATMA) and European Tyre and Rim Technical Organization (ETRTO) requirements but are missing a DOT stamp as required by the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 119.

According to FMVSS standard 119, motorcycle tires used in the U.S. require a DOT stamp on a sidewall, as well as markings indentifying the maximum load rating, inflation pressure and the ply cord material and number of plies. The affected tires are missing this information as they are not required by JATMA or ETRTO.

The Japanese-produced tires lacking this required information include:

Accolade, sizes 4.00-18, 3.50-19 and 3.50-18
Battlax, sizes 90/90-10 and 3.50-10
RS10, size 2.50-17
SP Universal, size 3.50-8

Apart from the missing markings, Bridgestone says the tires are structurally sound and safe to use.
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I'm kinda curious about a Battlax in '3.50-10'. Must be a Go-Devil tire.
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