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Most departments don't need a recall

September 6, 2000
By: Rodger Oakes
State Capital Bureau

Although, Missouri's State Highway Patrol is unsure whether officers are riding on hazardous tires, other departments have run checks and are dealing with the problem.

Rodger Oakes has more from Jefferson City.

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The State Government has over 13,000 cars in its fleet, with the majority of those in the Department of Transportation. Jeff Briggs, department spokesman, said there were only a few vehicles affected by the Firestone tire recall and that the department would follow the same guidelines as consumers in getting replacementss.

The Conservation Department's fleet of light trucks are mostly Jeep Cherokees without the Firestone recalled tires. Jim Gerling of the Conservation Department addressed the issue with an email to all employees; however, he did not believe any vehicles were affected.

From Jefferson City, I'm Rodger Oakes.


Firestone has refused to recall more tires the government believes are dangerous.

Rodger Oakes has more from Jefferson City.

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The National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration has advised Firestone to expand their recall to include all ATX, ATX II, and Wilderness tires. According to Rae Tyson, administration spokesman, Firestone has refused to recall 1.4 million tires believed to be faulty.

Tyson said there will be a continuing investigation which can lead to the government forcing Firestone to recall the tires. However, the investigation will take some time. At this point, Tyson estimated it will take a year to complete.

In the meantime, consumer's have been advised to keep tires inflated to specifications, drive slower, and keep seat belt's buckled.

From Jefferson City, I'm Rodger Oakes.