Blame is now being placed on Ford Motors for the unusually high amount of accidents involving the Ford Explorer. Based on a report by the Washington Post, citing analysis of national and Florida crash statistics, the Ford Explorer, even when fitted with tires other than Firestone, has a higher rate of tire-related accidents than other sport utility vehicles. According to the report Ford Explorers with Goodyear tires have been linked to 101 deaths nationwide.
The report states that in 25,000 fatal and nonfatal SUV accidents with 83 blown tires in Florida showed that tire blowouts in Goodyear equipped Explorers contributed to crashes at rates more than double those of other SUVs. This report demonstrates that no other make or model of SUV had a pattern of equipment failure that related as strongly to accidents as the Explorer’s tire blowouts.
Using two different ways of measuring accident rates, the Explorer was either three or four times as likely as other SUVs to have a tire blowout contribute to an accident, the Post said. The report also stated that the Ford Explorer’s higher fatality rate in blowout accidents appears to be related to rollovers.
In 5,870 single vehicle accidents in Florida, the Explorer was 13 percent more likely to roll than other compact SUVs. The Explorer was 53 percent more likely than other compact SUVs to roll over when an equipment failure such as faulty brakes, bald tires or blowouts caused an accident.
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