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Old 07-27-2010
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Hey y'all,

I have a "pair" of 235/75/15 Firestone tires that are recalled, and on the back of my ranger. One is the radial ATX and the other is the Wilderness at (With the DOT code "VD").
They have alot of tread left, but I don't really feel safe with them on my truck when I rack up 3000 miles in a month. what i am asking is if anyone would know if Firestone will honor the recall and replace their screw-up or will i have to replace them out of my own pocket?
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The recall is expired, Firestone never honored the recall only Ford did. So to answer your question, no the will not honor it
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Tread left or not, sounds like they are rather old and should be replaced anyway
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Recall ended in 05, IIRC.


Check the date code on these things. Tires are only good for 6 years. After that the rubber begins to breakdown.
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the tires that were recalled
the were manufactured for cold climates ( i:e northern u.s / canada )

it is a mud and snow tire
it was never made for hot climate areas
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My tires are still being replaced at Cheney Tire, a well known local repair and tire shop. And Firestone is eating the bill.
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Good deal for you!
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That whole fiasco was on Firestone. Ford blamed it on them. That's part of the reason they got bought by Bridgestone. That recall sped a lot of bad publicity on them.
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figures it was a mexican tire shop that caught the problem

( I:E snow flake emblem on the sidewall -- indicates cold climate only )
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Um I don't think thats true. Snow flake indicated its approved for use in severe weather environments, not that its only able to use there.
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they ran the tire sticker upc code

firestone determined the tire was not rated for hot temperature use

they could not determine who shipped them down there
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the tires that were recalled
the were manufactured for cold climates ( i:e northern u.s / canada )

it is a mud and snow tire
it was never made for hot climate areas
Pretty much every tire out there that is not a summer only or ultra high performance tire is a mud and snow tire. You can run a M+S tire in any climate. Your thinking of a SST (severe service tire), that its advised that its only run in cooler climates, not because of blow out problems, but because of problems with premature wear.

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That whole fiasco was on Firestone. Ford blamed it on them. That's part of the reason they got bought by Bridgestone. That recall sped a lot of bad publicity on them.
Both sides were equally at fault for that one. Ford was advising that the tires be run at 26 PSI, which is very low. Ford knew this, Firestone knew they had some problems with the tires, both of them pointed fingers at each other and said "you fix it, its not our problem" and neither of them fixed anything.

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( I:E snow flake emblem on the sidewall -- indicates cold climate only )
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Um I don't think thats true. Snow flake indicated its approved for use in severe weather environments, not that its only able to use there.
Most SST's are "snow tires" and therefore have very soft rubber compounds. If you run them in temps over 45* you will wear them out very quickly. And an added benefit they will hum like crazy.
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they gave me Firestone fr380's,mounted and balanced. truck was in and out in 20 minutes.
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The issue with the recall was people were running them too low on pressure then driving on the freeway. The tire tread would separate from the carcass overheating. They safety margin was compromised in that design and did not allow for enough abuse from dumb people.



I have true snow tires on my truck, they are soft and hum loudly. They still are a 60k tire if you rotate them as needed. I have not and it shows. I do have 30k on them and can get another year or two out of them. Assuming I rotate them soon. Otherwise I can just buy 2 more for under 150.
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I call BS that firestone gave you free tires after you drove with them until the tread was gone. the "recall was only for wilderness AT tires from 1998-2001 rangers and explorers.your truck is a 1991. Also, the recall ended 5 years ago. Firestone isn't going to just say "heres a kid with tires made last century, they are bald, WAIT! are firestones! hey, lets give him a free set" NO.
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Hey y'all,

I have a "pair" of 235/75/15 Firestone tires that are recalled
They have alot of tread left
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I call BS that firestone gave you free tires after you drove with them until the tread was gone. the "recall was only for wilderness AT tires from 1998-2001 rangers and explorers.your truck is a 1991. Also, the recall ended 5 years ago. Firestone isn't going to just say "heres a kid with tires made last century, they are bald, WAIT! are firestones! hey, lets give him a free set" NO.
They had tread left
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10 years and you still had them? lol

Never knew they still existed. Back then I had the FS Radial ATX on the '94 Explorer, replaced them with cheapo Dunlop Rovers. Oh the noise!
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I call BS that firestone gave you free tires after you drove with them until the tread was gone. the "recall was only for wilderness AT tires from 1998-2001 rangers and explorers.your truck is a 1991. Also, the recall ended 5 years ago. Firestone isn't going to just say "heres a kid with tires made last century, they are bald, WAIT! are firestones! hey, lets give him a free set" NO.
my truck is a 1994.

"From the national highway traffic safety administration"
The recall will cover all P235/75 R15 Firestone ATX and ATX II tires (from 1991 to the present) and all P235/75R15 Wilderness AT tires (from 1996 to the present) I posted the link you want to see it Firestone Tire Recall | National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)



I also have a scan of the receipt if you STILL don't believe me. http://www.myspace.com/carbuff1991/photos/55340594

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10 years and you still had them? lol

Never knew they still existed. Back then I had the FS Radial ATX on the '94 Explorer, replaced them with cheapo Dunlop Rovers. Oh the noise!
My mom's boyfriend picked them up at a "tire warehouse" on craigslist, before I bought the truck back from him.
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FWIW, I still have a recalled Firestone under my truck.

I got new tires before the recall and got a set of BFG AT's on Ford dime via MIR.

Never got the spare swapped out. Wonder if I can still get one after so many years past.
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I should do the same. My Firestone HT spare is dry rot and the rubber is deteriorated in spots. I should check that out.
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Bought my truck new in 2001, had the Firestone Wilderness tires-got new Michelins in Nov. 2002 from Ford. Not sure when the deal expired that got you a new set, I was told by the Ford Service Mgr that it was Nov. 2002. Seems to me they were trying to get people to replace them ASAP.
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Maybe the recall "officially" ended in 02 but they are trying to get the rest of the recalled tires off the market. I'm surprised they are any still around quite frankly. Someone must have had a stockpile of them.
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Yeah, I imagine there were a few piles of them in a few places. As I recall, Ford wanted to get them off the new vehicles right away. There's probably a few still rollin around for sure.
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