Ford Motor Co. has a “serious study under way” to decide whether it will warrant tires on its vehicles in the wake of the Firestone tread-separation debacle, a Ford spokesman tells Ward's. He offers no timetable on action, however. Automakers traditionally have issued separate warranties on tires, placing responsibility for tires on suppliers. In 1996, however, General Motors Corp. began warranting tires against defects in materials and manufacturing. Tire producers continue to cover ...

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