Several crashes involving serious injuries and deaths have been reported so far. Witnesses claim to have seen the tread coming off the tires.
Firestone claims that 90% of the defective tires were reclaimed, but apparently a recall on spare tires somehow fell through the cracks. Ford says that 76 percent of the Explorer tires eligible for replacement have been processed.
Firestone wants to get all pre-2000 tires off SUV's. They are offering replacements free of charge - no questions asked. Even if a spare tire has never been used, and looks brand new - it should be replaced after 6 years as tires suffer from aging.
Firestone Spare Tire Recall in the NewsJul-21-06: Firestone issues renewed recall for radial tires mainly used as spares in Ford Explorers and SUVs. [CNN]
Jun-22-06: Firestone recall misses spare tires which still lurk in vehicles with the potential to cause accidents and death. [NBC]
Jun-22-06: Ford/Firestone miss spare tires in recall issued six years ago. [