tire photo Deadly Combination: Ford, Firestone and Florida
 
A special Report: St. Petersbrg Times
How the tires failed: An interactive graphic
The Times looks at the effect of last year’s Ford Explorer and Firestone tire problems on Florida. Consumer advocates, lawyers and tire experts agree that lives might have been saved if Ford and Firestone had disclosed sooner their replacement of tires overseas.
Day One:
photoMain story
The Sunshine State's heat has been deadly for dozens of Ford drivers whose Firestone tires have disintegrated, making Florida the nation's leader in Firestone-related deaths.

Companies warming to settlements
What the companies say
Safety tips, facts, figures
At a glance
The players
A Timeline
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

Day Two:
photoSuspect tires still on road
Firestone has not recalled millions of other tires that may be flawed. In Florida, 11 people have died while riding on them.

Driver side rear tires fail the most
Ford and Firestone cannot explain why those tires fail most, but the companies use the phenomenon to blame each other

After the rollover
A split second, a shredded tire, a tumbling vehicle: One minute the little boy was riding to Grammy's house with his family; the next, life would never be the same.

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Further coverage
In first trial, Firestone settles lawsuit
With a jury deliberating, Bridgestone/Firestone agrees to pay $7.5-million to the family of a Texas woman paralyzed in a rollover.

Battered Firestone counting on local ties
Clearwater's Morgan Tire, now controlled by Firestone, gives the tire giant an avenue to reach consumers amid the safety frenzy.

Rollover crashes are hard to track
Without questions about tire and vehicle types on state accident reports, the size of Florida's problem is unclear.

Ford leaves 2-door SUV unchanged
And it's that smaller Explorer that has higher death and rollover rates than the 4-door model. Ford says the Sport is completely safe.

Recall may leave Firestone bankrupt
The federal government's forced recall of faulty Firestone tires could leave the tiremaker bankrupt and hundreds of accident victims without the millions of dollars in settlements they expected.

Government to expand tire recall
Bridgestone/Firestone says the order isn't warranted and will fight it in court.

FHP says Firestone tire a factor in fatal crash
While the safety of two Firestone tire models has been debated nationwide for months, Florida troopers said Wednesday another model may to be blame for the deaths of a St. Petersburg mother and her teenage son.

Two bay area lawsuits target Ford, Firestone
A Tampa lawyer says his clients are seeking civil damages under Florida's version of the federal racketeering laws.

Ford agrees to test replacement tires
Ford Motor Co. will test millions of suspect tires the company began putting on its sport utility vehicles and light trucks last month to replace potentially faulty Firestone tires.

Ford recall: from bad to worse?
Congressional investigators say replacement tires have higher failure rate than recalled Firestones.

Ford's substitute tires may fail more
An analysis will be released to Congress today during a hearing that continues the feud between Ford and Firestone.

Attention shifts from Firestone to Ford Explorer
Many experts now say the rollover propensity of the SUV is more to blame for fatal accidents than faulty tires.

Tire decision not just for Ford owners
Owners of non-Ford vehicles also face the choice of paying to replace Firestone Wilderness AT tires.

Voluntary tire recall rolling smoothly
Businesses involved in the Wilderness AT exchange say they're better prepared, and motorists aren't anxious this time.

Ford to replace more tires on Explorers
The automaker is expected to replace millions more Firestone tires voluntarily at no cost to Explorer owners

Ford recalls Wilderness AT Firestone tires
The automaker will spend $2.1-billion to replace tires it says are flawed on Explorers and other models.

Dealerships brace for Ford tire recall
Ford dealers scramble to line up tire supplies -- and extra help -- to replace Firestone tires.

Tire decision not just for Ford owners
Owners of non-Ford vehicles also face the choice of paying to replace Firestone Wilderness AT tires.

Voluntary tire recall rolling smoothly
Businesses involved in the Wilderness AT exchange say they're better prepared, and motorists aren't anxious this time.

Firestone cuts deal on bad tires
The company agrees to pay $41.5-million as part of a settlement with Florida and other states in advance of a lawsuit being filed today.

Firestone deal done, focus shifts to Ford
Florida will use $2.3-million in settlement money to try to prove the automaker shares the blame for deadly accidents.

 


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