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Ford responds to NHTSA request for Firestone tire recall

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Ford Motor Co. released the following statement in response to the actions taken yesterday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) against Bridgestone/Firestone Inc.:

"We are aware that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has completed its defect investigation into the tires in question, and will issue an initial defect decision, the next step toward a forced recall.

"Ford Motor Company began replacing these tires on our vehicles in May to ensure the safety and trust of our customers and their families. We have replaced almost three million Wilderness AT tires during the last two months.

"We will continue to work closely with NHTSA as it continues with its initial defect decision, the next step toward a forced recall of Firestone tires."

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