Firestone Tyre Recall-1978 “Massive” Tyre Re-call-Cost the tyre company millions

Firestone Tyre Recall

In modern times, starting in the 1970”s Firestone have had mega problems in their Firestone Tyre Recall.

Firestone Tyre Recall

Firestone tyres are once again an excellent product and take part in many motorsport events.

Firestone tyres originated from Akron Ohio USA.

Of course they originated from the home of Goodyear in Akron Ohio,USA..The company started its life as a tyre maker with just 12 staff.Naturally, they expanded at a very fast rate when they won the contract to supply the new model T Ford. This was in 1906 and they were chosen by Henry Ford himself.

The Firestone tyre company soon expanded to other parts of the World.This including a new factory in Canada and in 1928 they built their first factory here in the UK at Brentford. In the

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Firestone vintage poster before their problems

second world  war years Firestone  were  making other vulcanised rubber products, but after the war reverted to making tyres.

Big problems for Firestone tyres as “tyre treads” began to separate from the main tyre

Firestone tyres were like most other  companies.Thus, trying to play catch up with Michelin  and the “steel belted radial”. 

Firestone Tyre Recall

The result was horrific. Firestone tyres began having major problems leading to a Firestone Tyre Recall with their products.Because, they were  losing their treads at high speeds causing many problems. The problem was thought to be caused by tyre bonding cements allowing water into the steel belt area causing the steel belts to corrode and separate and lift off, usually at high speeds causing many accidents. This Firestone Tyre Recall was a  first major problem, causing over 7 million tyres to be recalled. This problem also occurred in the UK, I remember having to change many defective buckled up tyres in my early days as a fitter whilst working for National company in Dewsbury.

In 1978  Firestone Tyre Recall  had a second massive  recall. Firestone Tyre Recall

Firestone tyres are now back to be a reputable tyre brand.

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Eric Roberts

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