Ford to offer warranties on tires

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Ford Motor Co. will offer warranties on all Ford, Lincoln and Mercury models as a way to alert itself to problems such as the failures of Firestone tires on Ford trucks linked to over 140 deaths, the Associated Press reported. Ford said its tire warranties would begin with 2001 models and cover repairs made on or after Jan. 1. The warranties provide that tires with defects in materials or construction will be replaced at no charge. Ford has been considering the move since the recall last August of 6.5 million Firestone ATX, ATX II and Wilderness AT tires. Unlike every other part of a vehicle, most automakers don't guarantee tires, sending complaints to tire dealers. Only General Motors Corp. covers tires under its basic warranties in the U.S. The warranties will come as part of the basic vehicle warranty, which runs for three years or 36,000 miles on Ford and Mercury vehicles, and four years or 50,000 miles on Lincolns.

Copyright January 2001, Crain Communications Inc.

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