10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 1
Average Mileage:
7,837 miles

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1996 Ford Ranger Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #22

Jan 212005

Ranger 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 172,407 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

While driving 60 mph left rear tire experienced a tread separation. After market equipment installed at 144,109, tire size P225/70R14, dot # pjfcdxkr4102. The tire dealer was notified. The dealer offered a 15 dollar credit to a new tire. The consumer stated that he feels the remaining three tires are unsafe.

- Morganton, GA, USA

problem #21

Jun 242003

Ranger

  • miles
Consumer stated all four Firestone FR480 tires, size 22570R14, dot # unknown, are cracked, and tread separated from the tires. Dealer notified.

- Woodbury, MN, USA

problem #20

Apr 302002

Ranger

  • miles
Tread of front left tire peeled off at 65 mph, forcing vehicle off the road. There was no puncture to the tire and the tire was still fully inflated after taking the tire off. I took the tire to the nearest Firestone store but they only offered a limited replacement deal. I have saved the tires and would like to have them inspected by someone from your Agency.

- Dripping Springs, TX, USA

problem #19

Jul 092001

Ranger

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The tread on the tires peeled off while my wife was driving on the interstate at 75mph. The back of the truck started to swing out of control and it went into a spin. It through her and the truck into two pine trees 15 feet off I-75. The truck was totalled and she was taken to the hospital with head contusions and pain. It was the worse experience of our life. We took pictures and we have saved the damaged tire and part of the missing tread. (the dealer sold the truck with 3 different name brand tires. ) although, we are extremely upset about the crash, we are thankful the accident was not fatal. (dot number: Mac322 tiresize: P225/70R14)

- Gainesville, FL, USA

problem #18

May 292001

Ranger

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
PE 00 020/tread separation: While parked noticed left rear tire show sign of tread separation on a 1996, Ford, Ranger; aftermarket equipment, installed at 25,000 miles, tire size P225/70R14, dot# W2fc1pr038. Firestone was not notified at this time. Consumer reported problem to Firestone on 5-29-2001 they advised consumer to contact Ford, and Ford told consumer to contact Firestone, consumer replaced tires.

- Moorepark, CA, USA

problem #17

May 162001

Ranger

  • miles
I experienced a tread separation at 70 mph on dry pavement on a warm day (90 degrees). (dot number: Vdutjab146 tiresize: P255/60R15)

- Stillwater, OK, USA

problem #16

Nov 282000

(reported on)

Ranger 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Firestone ATX tires (P235 75 R15) would not pass inspection on two different occasions, the first time 2" wore off and the steel belts were exposed, the second time there was tread separation.

- Mc Clure, PA, USA

problem #15

Oct 052000

Ranger

  • miles
Consumer received recall (00T-005) notification, consumer went to the Ford dealership and they stated the tires were not affected, however the Firestone dealership inspected and changed the tires, consumer requesting reimbursement.

- South Jame, NY, USA

problem #14

Feb 011998

Ranger

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Firestone FR480 tires P195 70 R14 experienced tread separation and a slipped belt.

- Aransas Pass, TX, USA

problem #13

Apr 131997

Ranger

  • miles
Tire low, next day tire separation, roll over with a criticaly injured driver. Diabled for life. (tiresize: P225/70R14)( dot number: Tire size: P225/70R14 )

- Rensselaer, IN, USA

problem #12

Aug 302000

Ranger

  • Manual transmission
  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

While driving, right front Firestone tire, P22570R14, dot wsfc1pr495 experienced tread separation, Firestone was notified and informed consumer that tires were not covered under recall.

- Tucson, AZ, USA

problem #11

Sep 182000

(reported on)

Ranger

  • miles
Tires have stress cracks along tread cap and cracks all the way around the sidewalls. Relaced all four tires with another brand.( dot number: W2fc1pr276 tire size: 225/70R/14 )

- Whiteville, NC, USA

problem #10

Sep 142000

(reported on)

Ranger

  • miles
I went to purchase new tires for my Ranger for the upcoming winter. The service rep went to get my vehicle and tire information, and informed me that the treads on my tires were beginning to separate. He then showed me what he was talking about and it was the same condition they had said to watch for on dateline on nbc. He then told me to take the tires to Firestone and show them, the Firestone dealership stated it was normal wear, even though you can lift the tread up from the tire. No accident occurred with these tires. I just want to inform you I have a diiferent make of firestones that are starting to experience tread seperation. Today I had new goodyears installed, but I am keeping my originall firestones with a little over 22,000 miles in case anything is discovered through investigations.( dot number: W2fc1pr tire size: P22570R14 )

- Allentown, PA, USA

problem #9

Sep 082000

Ranger

  • miles
Tire separated while on the interstate @ 60 mph - no contact noted with any foreign objects on the road. Tread appears to have simply separated at the shoulder. This is one of the tires in the recall but not an affected size or dot number. Tire will be held on site for inspection if needed.( dot number: W2hfipj076 tire size: P215/75R15 )

- Upper Marlboro, MD, USA

problem #8

Aug 042000

Ranger

  • miles
This tire did not show up on the recall list but has separated at the sidewall/tread area. Ia attorney general office advised to contact NHTSA direct about this tire to be investigated.( dot number: W2fc1pr tire size: P225-70R14 )

- Dallas Center, IA, USA

problem #7

Aug 042000

Ranger

  • miles
This tire did not show up on the recall list but has separated at the sidewall/tread area. Ia attorney general office advised to contact NHTSA direct about this tire to be investigated.( dot number: W2fc1pr tire size: P225-70R14 )

- Dallas Center, IA, USA

problem #6

Sep 082000

Ranger

  • miles
Tire separated while on the interstate @ 60 mph - no contact noted with any foreign objects on the road. Tread appears to have simply separated at the shoulder. This is one of the tires in the recall but not an affected size or dot number. Tire will be held on site for inspection if needed.( dot number: W2hfipj076 tire size: P215/75R15 )

- Upper Marlboro, MD, USA

problem #5

Jul 121998

Ranger

  • miles
Original tires came apart, returned to local Firestone store, refused to replace nor warranty value, claimed we had "driven on them" after going flat--tires came apart at 65 mph on I-83 North of baltimore( dot number: Tire size: 225 70R14 )

- Camp Hill, PA, USA

problem #4

Feb 281999

Ranger 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving 75mph in a 1996 Ford Ranger when the 1st time on 02/28/1999 felt like tires were out of balance & bumpy. Pulled over & checked tires. Left rear had completely lost tread, but still inflated. The 2nd time on 07/20/00) right front felt the same way. Could only drive about 45mph or else vehicle would shake. Each time the tire was replaced. Original Firestone ATX II tires, size P235/75R15 with 17,000 miles on them. 1st time and the 2nd time with 29,000 miles. Do not have either tire. Dot# vdhlipm216.

- Tucson, AZ, USA

problem #3

Jan 012000

Ranger

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Firestone fr 480 mts P22570R14nts tires failed, one punctured and repaired however 3,000 miles later the tread separated, removed tire 2 from tire rack under bed and noticed spare tire sidewall damaged due to storage.

- Katy, TX, USA

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