is attributed to Jacques Nasser, President and CEO, Ford Motor Company
Mich., May 21, 2001 - This morning, Ford's lead research
team met with Firestone's top management in Nashville to present
the most recent analysis of Firestone Wilderness AT tires. This
analysis is based on discussions with both Firestone and the National
Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and includes a review of
the latest Firestone real-world data, competitive tire data and
exhaustive laboratory and vehicle testing.
we plan to inform our customers, NHTSA and Congress of these findings
concerning Firestone Wilderness AT tires and, importantly, our
actions to address these issues.
We are deeply
disappointed that upon hearing and seeing this analysis of Firestone
Wilderness AT tires, Firestone decided not to work together for
the safety of our shared customers, which is the only issue that
the Ford Explorer, the Department of Transportation data demonstrates
that for more than 10 years, Explorer consistently has ranked
at or near the top in terms of safety among the 12 SUVs in its
class. In addition, 2.9 million Goodyear tires on Explorers have
performed with industry-leading safety for more than 500,000 customers
and their families.
and trust of our customers continues to be our number one priority
and guides our every action.