>This brings up a good point; maybe the fords do have something >inherently
>wrong in their suspension design
>This is just too coincidental
One of my favorite lines from a movie, that relates to my work, and my view
of all Fords tire recall problems.
"just think, 4 million pounds of rocket fuel, one nuclear weapon, and
270,000 moving parts, all built by the low bidder! Makes you feel good
Mazda MX-3 GS V6
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From: "Jeff Lloyd" <Jeff@cyberconceptz.com>
To: "David K Yeung" <email@example.com>; <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Tuesday, September 19, 2000 12:01 PM
Subject: RE: Ford sure picked some winners....
> This brings up a good point; maybe the fords do have something inherently
> wrong in their suspension design
> This is just too coincidental.. I had a 16" continental blow out on me
> Thursday but on my BMW and it was a pothole
> That caused it, thank goodness for my auto crossing skills I was able to
> avoid a tree and a totaled car by keeping my head
> But she still got pretty bent up from going over a 2' ditch
> Jeff Lloyd
> '96 BMW Z3 spending this week on the frame rack OUCH
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> obligatory autox content - if anyone uses a nagrivator for a tow
> Recall of Continental Tires Expected
> By NEDRA PICKLER, Associated Press Writer
> WASHINGTON (AP) - Continental General Tire (news - web sites) will
> replace 16-inch tires that were standard equipment on the 1998 and 1999
> model year Lincoln Navigator (news - web sites) amid reports some of the
> tires lost parts of their tread.
> Officials from Continental and Ford Motor Co. (NYSE:F - news), which
> makes the Navigator, prepared to brief federal authorities on the tire's
> warranty and claims data Tuesday. A source with knowledge of the
> situation who spoke on condition of anonymity said a recall was expected
> to be announced after the meeting. The move would affect about 200,000
> Lincoln spokesman Jim Cain would not discuss the details of the
> information that will be shared with the National Highway Traffic Safety
> Administration (news - web sites).
> Continental officials did not return phone calls seeking comment. NHTSA
> spokesman Rae Tyson said he had no information about what would be
> Ford and Continental said last week they were investigating six reports
> from Saudi Arabia of problems involving Continental tires on Lincoln
> Navigators. Two of the reports were from this year and four were from
> last year.
> The companies stressed the warranty and claims data included no reports
> of major accidents, fatalities or serious injuries. Cain said there have
> been reports of property damage.
> Fewer than 40,000 Navigators that were sold with the 16-inch ContiTrac AS
> tires as standard equipment, Cain said. He said some 1998 and 1999 models
> and all 2000 models of the luxury sport utility vehicle used a 17-inch
> version of the tire.
> Most of the Navigators were sold in the United States, Cain said,
> although some were shipped for sale overseas, including Saudi Arabia and
> other Persian Gulf countries.
> Cain said the warranty and claims data was analyzed as part of Ford's
> investigation into tire failures after the Aug. 9 recall of 6.5 million
> Firestone ATX, ATX II and Wilderness AT tires. The tires are standard
> equipment on the Explorer and some other Ford vehicles.
> The recall came after NHTSA opened an investigation into complaints that
> the tread would peel off, sometimes while the vehicle was traveling at
> highway speeds.
> Most of the problems reported on the Continental tires involved only
> partial tread separations, the source said.
> NHTSA said on Aug. 31 that it had received reports of at least 88 U.S.
> deaths and more than 250 injuries involving Firestone tires, with most of
> the accidents involving rollovers of the Explorer. The agency planned to
> update the numbers Tuesday.
> Firestone has acknowledged problems with its tires, but also says the
> Explorer's design may have contributed to the accidents. Ford has
> insisted it is solely a tire problem.
> Meantime, The New York Times reported Tuesday that an analysis of federal
> traffic accident data for 1999 showed 52 people died in 40 fatal crashes
> of Explorers in which tire problems were listed as a contributing factor.
> That was more than twice as many as the previous year.
> ``The increase simply shows that those Explorers were equipped with bad
> tires,'' said Ernie Grushz, Ford's manager of safety data analysis.