I took my car to Firestone for the state inspection and emissions test. They said I needed new front brakes, which I could see after looking at them. I told them I’d change the brakes my self and bring it back for a re-inspection. Next day I get everything ready and start to loosen the lug nuts. First I had to use a breaker bar on the 4 regular lugs because they were torqued on so tight. The 5th lug nut was a wheel lock. The key started to bend when I was trying to break it loose. I took it back and asked them to break the key lugs loose for me, which they did. I mentioned that I was going to buy regular lugs to replace the locks becuase I didn’t like them anyway. They bought the lugs for me and put them on. I get back home and remove the drivers side with no problem. No such luck with the other side…
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The Firestone 500 the tire that came close to destroying Firestone as a company. This tire was plagued with defects and recalls. Deaths apparently were caused by this tire. Ultimately, Firestone would get bought out by Bridgestone. In 1973, only two years after the 500’s debut, it is reported that, Thomas A. Robertson, Firestone’s director of development wrote an internal memo stating “We are making an inferior quality radial tire which will subject us to belt-edge separation at high mileage”. Firestone introduced strict quality control measures in an attempt to fix the inherent problems, however they were not successful in totally eliminating the basic faults. In 1977 a recall of 400000 tires produced at the problematic Decatur plant was initiated. Firestone blamed the problems on the consumer, stating underinflation and poor maintenance. On October 20, 1978, Firestone recalled over 7 million Firestone 500 tires. Congressional hearings into the 500 also took place in 1978. The tire was found to be defective and the cause of 34 deaths. In May 1980 after finding that they knew the tires were defective, the NHTSA fines Firestone 0000 USD, which at that time was the largest fine imposed on any US corporation and the largest civil penalty imposed since passage of the 1966 National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Act. Multiple lawsuits were settled out of court and the constant negative publicity crippled the company’s sales and share price.
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