Jul 30, 2001
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration just opened an investigation into the safety of a tire manufactured by Continental Tire North America. This happens to be one of the tires that Ford had loudly announced it was giving to Explorer owners as replacement for Firestone tires.
Interestingly enough, tread separations in the Continental tires are now showing up at a rate of 124 per million miles. In the Firestone tires which were recalled, the tread separation rate was 17 per million.
It’s enough to make you wonder. Could Ford have been lying when it claimed that the problems with the Explorer were all Firestone’s fault, that Ford has nothing but our safety in mind?