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Monday, October 16, 2000

CORNYN WARNS RETAILERS ABOUT SALE OF RECALLED TIRES

Sale of recalled Bridgestone/Firestone tires is illegal says Attorney General

AUSTIN - Texas Attorney General John Cornyn today warned Texas retailers about the sale of recalled Bridgestone/Firestone tires. The Attorney General's office has received recent reports that the recalled tires and other tires identified as potentially unsafe by the National Highway Transportation Safety Agency (NHTSA) are being offered for sale in Texas. A spot check by the Attorney General's office found these tires for sale in the Houston area. The tires have since been impounded.

"Endangering people's lives by selling these unsafe tires will not be tolerated," said Attorney General Cornyn. We urge consumers to question retailers about the tires they are purchasing.

If retailers attempt to sell you recalled tires, please contact the Attorney General's office immediately. Anyone offering recalled tires for sale in Texas is subject to action by my office."

Attorney General Cornyn is also joining other attorneys general in alerting consumers of their options with regard to recalled tires. Consumers who have recalled or advisory tires may take the tire or tires to a Bridgestone/Firestone dealer and have it replaced free of charge, regardless of the tire's use and/or condition. Tires can be replaced even if they are not currently on a car. Bridgestone/Firestone will replace recalled and advisory tires for individuals or companies. If a consumer or company had road hazard warranty or insurance, the warranty will be replaced free of charge when the replacement tire is installed. Bridgestone/Firestone will not charge for mounting, balancing, valve stem, sales tax, or disposal fees.

Consumers can also be reimbursed for recalled tires. Bridgestone/Firestone will reimburse up to $100 per tire for any tire purchased to replace a recalled tire and up to $140 per tire for any tire purchased to replace a tire that is listed on the consumer advisory. The reimbursement amount includes mounting, balancing, valve stem, sales tax and tire disposal fees.

Consumers can determine if they have recalled tires by visiting www.nhtsa.com.

Consumers can file complaints on line against businesses selling recalled tires by visiting the Attorney General's website at www.oag.state.tx.us. Complaints can also be filed by calling the Attorney General's consumer protection division at 1-800-621-0508.

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