Firestone Used Tires & Firestone New Tires

Do you have Firestone Used Tires on your car? Or do you have New Firestone Tires on it? Either way, they were both made by Firestone so it’s pretty much the same thing; or that’s what I think anyway. I think that the Firestone Company has a rather interesting history to it, so let me share that with you.

The full name is The Firestone Tire & Rubber Company. It was founded around the 1900s by a man named Harvey Firestone. It started out by first manufacturing pneumatic tires for buggies, wagons, & every other thing that had wheels & was used for transportation. Firestone was actually one of the producers that was apart of the mass production of tires; which would makes sense because they’re one of the most well-known tire companies out there. Because of this, they developed a great relationship with the Ford Motor Company. As of now, Firestone Tires come standard on all Ford Models.

Akron, Ohio is where Firestone was originally based in; which just so happens to be the home of Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company .. which is the “Arch rival” of Firestone. I think it’s quite adorable because the company first started out with 12 employees. If Goodyear & Firestone were to make one big company, they’d be the largest producers of Automotive Tires in North America!

Of course everything isn’t all good with Firestone, they had a few bumps in the road. When the 1960s rolled around, it seemed like their rival tire manufacturers (Goodrich & Michelin) had already come out with Radial Tires; so I guess you can say Firestone was a little behind. When they had finally designed one & put it out there, there were a number of problems that came with it. When a car would travel at a high speed on the freeway, the Steel-Belted Radials would show symptoms of separation of the tread; & if you didn’t know, the tread is what gives you traction, which is something that prevents your vehicle from sliding everywhere. Even though no one really knew why this was happening, they say that this was occurring because the bonding cements weren’t really “bonding” the way they were supposed to; these cements were meant to hold the tread to the actual tire carcass. When the NHTSA finally decided to do some investigating on this matter, they came to a conclusion that the tread separation was the problem that leaded to Firestone having to recall all Radial Tires. When they released a statement in 2000, the President of Consumer Advocacy pretty much stated that when this happened, there was a coverup on why it really happened; & when they found out the President released this statement, he was fired for damaging the reputation of the company. She also mentioned that Ford was at fault; they had instructed for Firestone to add a new material when in reality, their vehicles were not ready for it. At all.

The most recent problem that they came across was in 1996; this was when they had the little dilemma with Firestone Tires that were included on Ford Explorer’s .. that were purchased in Arizona. As claimed by many news reports, quite a few agencies were demanding new tires. When Firestone did their analysis on why they had to give them brand spankin’ new tires, they saw that they Firestone tires going to Arizona were either underinflated or plainly abused.

Regardless of if they’re Firestone Used Car Tires or New ones, tires are tires; & you should have the right ones on your vehicle & you can find them at