Ford, DaimlerChrysler to advise vehicle owners to pull tyres after six years

Washington DC–Ford Motor Co. has quietly slipped a paragraph into the tyre safety section of its vehicle owners’ manual and company Web site, advising Ford owners to replace their tyres after six years, regardless of mileage.

DaimlerChrysler AG will give the same advice to its customers beginning with the 2006 model year, according to a DaimlerChrysler spokeswoman. A Ford spokesman said the company based its decision on its ongoing tyre safety research, while the DaimlerChrysler spokeswoman said her company’s talks with a number of tyre manufacturers…

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