Originally Posted by RhoZeta
Indeed it was Firestone. I do remember there were lawsuits and such and I do believe that the requirement that all new vehicles have a TPMS was borne out of this problem. I also know that Ford redesigned the suspension on the front of the Exploders and no longer used Firestone tires on any new product. Not sure why Ford took it in the shorts for a ****** firestone tire but it is what it is.
I personally would not buy any tire with a name ending in "stone"
Had a Bridgestone tire lose it's tread on me 30 years ago and soon after a friend lost his tread on a firestone, swore off all bridgestone/firestone tires then and have never gone back.
You left out a couple of important points. The Ford spec for tire inflation was the min allowed and Ford increased the inflation spec after they had the recall issues. The same tires that had problems on the Explorer were on a Toyota truck but didn't have the problems Ford did BUT Toyota spec'd a higher inflation from the start. Explorers with different brand tires but with the old suspension continued to have fatalities from rollovers.
Looks like the main point is that if tires have low inflation they are more likely to fail and it is the vehicle MFG responsibility under law to spec the tire inflation.
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Also give seminars on tires at RV events across the US. 40 years experience as tire design & quality engineer for major tire mfg. Freelander 23QB on Chevy chassis is my RV