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September 17, 2002

BRIDGESTONE/FIRESTONE Has Recalled the Firestone P19565R15

(SafetyAlerts) -  BRIDGESTONE/FIRESTONE Has Recalled the Firestone P19565R15 because these tires may develop "RAISED TREAD BLOCK".
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Number of Units Affected: 19000

Manufactured: 04/2002 - 04/2002

Defect Summary:
FIRESTONE P195/65R15 TIRES PRODUCED BETWEEN APRIL 12 AND APRIL 15, 2002, FOR USE ON CERTAIN 2003 MODEL YEAR TOYOTA COROLLA S AND LE VEHICLES. THE RECALLED TIRE SERIAL NOS. ARE W2C6T001402 AND W2C6T001502. THESE TIRES MAY DEVELOP A "RAISED TREAD BLOCK" AND CAUSE A 'HELICOPTER TYPE' NOISE.

Consequence Summary:
CONTINUED USED OF A TIRE WITH THIS CONDITION MAY LEAD TO A LOCALIZED 'CHUNK OUT' OF TREAD MATERIAL, AND POSSIBLY RESULT IN A VEHICLE CRASH.

Corrective Summary:
BFS WILL NOTIFY ITS CUSTOMERS AND REPLACE THE TIRES FREE OF CHARGE. OWNER NOTIFICATION IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING SEPTEMBER 2002. OWNERS WHO TAKE THEIR VEHICLES TO AN AUTHORIZED DEALER ON AN AGREED UPON SERVICE DATE AND DO NOT RECEIVE THE FREE REMEDY WITHIN A REASONABLE TIME SHOULD CONTACT BFS AT 800-367-3872.

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 02T015000.

Important Note Regarding Auto Recalls
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CAMPAIGN ID Number.
If your dealer doesn't know about the recall when you
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when the next update is due.

Did you know?
During 2001 there were over
1575 products recalled in the United
States for safety reasons!

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