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pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
3,568 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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1998 Ford Explorer wheels / hubs problems

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1998 Ford Explorer Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #6

Nov 191999


  • miles


All four tires had a continous crack in the sidewall running around the tire approximately 1 inch from the outer edge of the tire. The crack in some places was wide enough to stick a car key into. I called Firestone customer support and was promptly instructed to go to a dealer who upon inspection changed out all 4 tires. Firestone did charge me $135 total for the replacement tires. My concern is not about the money, but that these tires were not listed on the Firestone recall list or NHTSA safety advisory (9/1/00). I currently have Firestone Wilderness AT tires on my vehicle and am concerned about these tires. The dot # of these tires is not on the Firestone recall or NHTSA safety advisory. Please contact me for further information or if you have had other complaints about tires with dot #'s outside the recall and safety advisory tires. I would like to change out my tires but there are no tires available at this time.( dot number: Vnhl tire size: P235/75/15 )

- Boca Raton, FL, USA

problem #5

Sep 072000


  • miles
While driving 70mph heard noises hitting vehicle. Driver had vehicle under control. Pulled over & checked the tires. Noticed left rear tire's outside wall had come off. There was about a 6-8 inch of rubber holding thread to the tire. Replaced tire with the spare. Still has the tire. Was original equipment on vehicle. Firestone Wilderness AT P235/75R15 with 38,000 miles.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #4

Aug 272000


  • miles
Tires are cracking and separating around the circumference of the tread on the outside wall.( dot number: W2hl tire size: P235/75R15 )

- Greenville, SC, USA

problem #3

May 272000


  • miles


Following the P235/75/R15 there are several other numbers, as follows 105 S M/S tire side wall blew out completely around the circumference of the tire. I had tire replaced at Firestone tire and service center, 900 E kennedy blvd, tampa, customer invoice #007059 dated 06/08/2000. Local news coverage said Y'all were investigating the tire, thought this incident might help. Tire blew out on I-75 East of naples, fl (alligator alley). We had been driving for three hours from tampa at 70 mph. Temperature at the time was about 95 degrees.( dot number: None? tire size: P23575R15 )

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #2

Feb 011999

(reported on)


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The sidewall of the right front tire blew out (Firestone Wilderness AT P 23575R15).

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #1

Jun 011998

Explorer 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Tire sidewall ripped resulting in blow out (Firestone / Wilderness AT) P235/75R 16 105 mp.

- Canoga Par, CA, USA

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