Nissan responds to Firehawk recall

Feb. 21, 2001

Nissan North America Inc. says it has received no reports of tread belt separations or detachments in any of the Firestone Firehawk GTA-02 tires that are being recalled by Bridgestone/Firestone (BFS) Inc.

On Tuesday, BFS announced it will voluntarily recall some 98,500 P205/55R16 Firehawk GTA-02 tires. The majority of the tires were fitted as original equipment on the 2000 and 2001 model Nissan Altima SE.

Nissan also said it was not aware of any accidents or injuries involving these tires. "While we are relieved that no accidents or injuries have been reported relating to these tires, we nonetheless urge all 2000 and 2001 Nissan Altima SE vehicle owners that receive a notification letter from (Bridgestone/Firestone) to have their vehicles inspected by a Firestone dealer," said Emil Hassan, senior vice president, North American Manufacturing, Purchasing, Quality and Logistics.

BFS is Nissan's second largest original equipment tire supplier in the United States and Canada, according to Modern Tire Dealer. The General brand accounts for 47% of Nissan's OE market share, followed by the Firestone brand at 22%. Nissan also has OE contracts with Michelin North America Inc. (BFGoodrich) and Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. (Dunlop).