Bridgestone/Firestone markets two new tires

June 12, 2001

Bridgestone/Firestone Inc. (BFS) has added two new tires to its associate brand lineup: the LeMans Champion SE and the Gillette Accelerator G/T.

The LeMans Champion SE is available in 23 sizes ranging from 80 series to 65 series. It features see-through grooves designed for wet traction and has a polyester cord body "that helps generate a smooth, quiet ride," according to the company.

The Gillette Accelerator G/T is available in 21 sizes ranging from 70 series to 55 series. The wide-profiled tire features UNI-T technology also used in Bridgestone, Firestone and Dayton brand tires.

Both tires come with 55,000-mile limted tread wear warranties. The LeMans Champion also will be replaced for free (excluding taxes and disposal fees) if the tire should become unusable due to defects in materials or workmanship within the first 2/32nds-inch of tread wear or 12 months, whichever occurs first. The warranty is prorated after that.

The Gillette Accelerator offers a free replacement warranty (once again excluding taxes and disposal fees) up to three years from the date of purchase or four years from the date of manufacture, whichever occurs first. After that, a prorated adjustment is offered for five years from the date of purchase or six years from the date of manufacture, whichever occurs first.

Also, the Gillette tire is backed by a "30-day test drive" policy, which allows the consumer to receive a full refund if he or she is not pleased with the tire for any reason within 30 days of purchase.