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NHTSA shoots down Steeltex reinvestigation petition

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has denied the request of a California law firm to re-open the investigation of Bridgestone/Firestone North American Tire LLC's Steeltex tires.

NHTSA officials say the agency's Office of Defects Investigation "has not identified a defect trend in any of the tires in question."

"This conclusion should put to rest any and all questions that have been raised about Steeltex tires," Bridgestone/Firestone North American Tire LLC (BFNT) said today in an official statement.

Lisoni & Lisoni, the California law firm that petitioned for the reinvestigation, said the tires were prone to "catastrophic" incidents of tread separation.

BFNT officials say they are not surprised by NHTSA's decision "because it reaffirms what we have been saying all along -- Steeltex tires are performaning well."

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