A Special Report: St. Petersbrg Times Deadly Combination: Ford, Firestone and Florida
Deadly Combination:
Ford, Firestone and Florida
Part One
  • Main story
  • Companies warming to settlements
  • At a glance
  • The players
  • Questions and Answers
  • A Timeline
  • What the companies say
  • Interview with Anita Kumar, the reporter
  • Graphic: How the tires failed
  • Graphic: When it’s too late
  • Graphic: By the numbers
  • Graphic: The human toll

  • Part Two
  • After the rollover
  • Suspect tires still on road
  • Driver side rear tires fail the most
  • About this report

  • Contact Anita Kumar:
  • Via e-mail: Click here
  • By phone: (727) 893-8472

    Further coverage
  • In first trial, Firestone settles lawsuit
  • Battered Firestone counting on local ties
  • Rollover crashes are hard to track
  • Ford leaves 2-door SUV unchanged
  • Recall may leave Firestone bankrupt
  • Government to expand tire recall
  • FHP says Firestone tire a factor in fatal crash
  • Two bay area lawsuits target Ford, Firestone
  • Ford agrees to test replacement tires
  • Ford recall: from bad to worse?
  • Ford's sub tires may fail more
  • Attention shifts from Firestone to Ford Explorer
  • Ford widens recall; companies cut ties
  • Ford recalls Wilderness AT Firestone tires
  • Dealerships brace for Ford tire recall
  • Tire decision not just for Ford owners
  • Voluntary tire recall rolling smoothly
  • Firestone cuts deal on bad tires
  • How the tires failed: An interactive graphic

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    At a glance

    © St. Petersburg Times, published May 20, 2001

    Bridgestone/Firestone Inc.

    HEADQUARTERS: Nashville, Tenn.
    CHAIRMAN/CEO: John Lampe
    EMPLOYEES: 45,000
    FACTORIES: 38 in the Americas, including three that made most ATX and AT tires in Decatur, Ill., Wilson, N.C., and Joliet, Quebec.
    FOUNDED: In 1990 after the merger of Bridgestone U.S.A. and Firestone Tire & Rubber Co.
    OPERATIONS: The largest subsidiary of Bridgestone Corp. of Toyko, the world's leading tire and rubber company.
    SALES: $7.5-billion revenues in 2000.

    Ford Motor Co.

    CHAIRMAN/CEO: Jacques Nasser
    EMPLOYEES: 380,000
    FACTORIES: 140 worldwide, including two that make Explorers in St. Louis and Louisville, Ky.
    FOUNDED: In 1903 by Henry Ford who wanted to make the automobile accessible to every American.
    OPERATIONS: The world's biggest producer of trucks and the second-biggest producer of cars and trucks combined, selling more than 6.8-million vehicles worldwide in 1998.
    SALES: $170-billion revenues in 2000.

    About the Explorer

    • Introduced in 1990
    • More than 445,000 sold in 2000
    • Best-selling SUV in the world 10 years running
    • 2002 model shipped to dealers Feb. 22
    • New safety features: side airbags, rollover sensors, lower front bumpers, greater control ability, seat-weight sensors, chime seat belt reminder, airbags designed to meet passengers' characteristics
    • Sources: Bridgestone/Firestone, Ford Motor Co.


    Ford Motor Co.

    National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

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