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Bridgestone/Firestone recalls tires via ´voluntary safety campaign´

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Bridgestone/Firestone North American Tire LLC is recalling approximately 25,600 size LT285/75R16 LR D (Load Range D) Bridgestone Dueler A/T tires in the United States through a "voluntary safety campaign."

The tires were made in Japan July 1, 1998, through July 31, 2002, and were sold in the U.S. via BFNT company-owned stores and the company´s network of independent tire dealers.

In a related action, Bridgestone Firestone Canada Inc. will replace 1,400 of the same tires that were sold by independent dealers in Canada.

U.S. consumers can receive free replacement tires through any BFNT company-owned store, including Firestone Tire & Service Centers, ExpertTire, TiresPlus, Hibdon TiresPlus, Wheel Works, GCR and Firestone Commercial & Farm outlets.

Canadian consumers are directed to call an authorized Bridgestone retailer for replacements.

"Recent data reviewed as part of the company´s early warning system suggests that a small percentage of these tires may experience belt detachment, especially if they have been operated below recommended inflation pressures for the load carried by the tire or above recommended loads," say BFNT officials.

"A belt detachment of this kind can, in rare instances, lead to a loss of control of a vehicle and a possible crash. In order to avoid any future problems, BFNT will replace these tires to enhance safety and to ensure customer satisfaction.

"The performance of these tires differs from other Dueler tires, including those of the same size and type (that) were manufactured after July 31, 2002, which continue to perform well in the field."

BFNT will notify customers by letter, and also has set up a toll-free phone number (1-800-465-1904) for them to call.

Information on how to identify and replace tires covered under the voluntary safety campaign can be obtained at www.bridgestonetire.com as well.

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