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Bridgestone Recalls 27,000 Tires

Aug 27, 2004 | AP

Bridgestone/Firestone offered Thursday to replace 27,000 tires sold in North America over concerns that a belt in the tires may detach, possibly causing wrecks.

The company said fewer than 15 injuries have been substantiated that involved vehicles equipped with the tires.

The offer involves Bridgestone's Dueler A/T tires in size LT285/75R16 LR D that were manufactured in Japan from 1998 to 2002 and sold in the United States and Canada.

The Nashville-based company said internal data suggest "that a small percentage of these tires may experience belt detachment," especially if the tires were inflated above or below recommended pressures.

Such a problem could cause loss of vehicle control and possibly a crash, the company said.

The voluntary replacement campaign comes six months after Bridgestone/Firestone recalled about 490,000 Steeltex tires linked to sport-utility vehicle crashes that killed five people.

Four years ago, the company recalled 17 million ATX, ATX II and Wilderness AT tires. More than 200 people were reported killed and hundreds more injured in rollover crashes after the tread on those tires separated.

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