Don't Forget the Firestone Recall of US-Made Tires
There has been some lively discussion about the punitive, 35% tariff on Chinese tires on several recent CD posts (here and here), and the safety and quality of tires from China has been debated. But as one anonymous commenter points out, there have been major safety concerns in the past with American-made tires, e.g. Firestone:
The Firestone tire recall is perhaps the most deadly auto safety crisis in American history. US regulators in October 2000 raised the death count to 119 (the death count has steadily risen from 62, later to 88 and 101 deaths reported on 9/20/2000). Experts believe there may be as many as 250 deaths and more than 3000 catastrophic injuries associated with the defective tires. Most of the deaths occur in accidents involving the Ford Explorer which tends to rollover when one of the tires blows out.