Ford deposition contradicts 6-year recommendation on tyre replacement, tyre pundits say

Washington, DC–A Ford polymer scientist’s deposition in a Texas court case partially contradicts Ford’s recent decision to advise its vehicle buyers to replace their tyres after six years of use regardless of their condition, according to spokespersons for the tyre industry.

John Baldwin, Ford polymer science technical specialist who leads the auto maker’s research in tyre aging, told lawyers Dec. 17, 2004, that it’s obvious the properties of the rubber in the Firestone tyres recalled in August 2000 changed dramatically over time. But when asked if…

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