A consultant's report on product failure linked to 148 traffic deaths and the recall of 6.5 million Firestone tires is expected this week. Seeking independent analysis of a tread separation trend, Bridgestone/Firestone Inc. called in Dr. Sanjay Govindjee, who teaches advanced materials mechanics at the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Govindjee has, since September, been reviewing data from Bridgestone and Ford Motor Co. to shed light on what caused tread separation on some tire ...

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