The University of California tire expert hired by Bridestone/Firestone Inc. to examine its controversial recalled tires, associate professor Sanjay Govindjee, reportedly has said on a preliminary basis that “All evidence to date points to a slowly developing fatigue crack that propagates through the belt wedge material and then subsequently into the belt skim between the steel belts.” He apparently also has made an overview statement to his client that “the [tire] problem is associated with ...

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