Don’t expect the Continental tire recall to affect Ford Motor Co. in the same manner as the infamous Firestone campaigns of 2000 and 2001. So says an industry analyst, who notes Continental Tire North America Inc. (CTNA) doesn’t dispute the source of problem. “Continental has immediately come out and said, ‘It’s a tire problem. It’s not a vehicle problem,’” says John Casesa of Merrill Lynch. Bridgestone/Firestone Inc. blamed its woes on the Ford Explorer, which was ...

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