WASHINGTON -- The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has received more than 160 complaints about another Firestone brand of tires reportedly involved in accidents in which two people died and a dozen were injured.
"The majority of the complaints occurred at highway speeds and allege a blowout, tread separation or other major failure," NHTSA said in its investigation report about the Steeltex R4S and A/T light truck tires.
The tires are original equipment on Ford F250 and F350 pickups, the Ford Excursion, General Motors' Suburban and G Van, a commercial vehicle.
A spokesman for Ford, Mike Vaughn, said the tires are used on all 75,760 Excursions and 40 percent of the F-series trucks and Econoline vans. Vaughn said Ford is cooperating with NHTSA's investigation.
Similar reports led Bridgestone/Firestone Inc. to issue a recall of 6.5 million Firestone ATX, ATX II and Wilderness AT tires last month. Those tires, standard equipment on the Ford Explorer, have been linked to 101 U.S. traffic deaths and more than 400 injuries.
Bridgestone/Firestone officials say they still have not determined the cause of the problems but have focused their investigation on manufacturing shortcomings at its plant in Decatur, Ill.
The R4S is a mud and snow tire and the A/T is an all-terrain tire with an aggressive tread.
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