The Firestone tire fiasco took a $500 million bite out of Ford Motor Co.'s earnings in the third quarter, preventing the company from posting record profits and ending its string of 17 quarterly gains. Ford reported earnings of $888 million, off $71 million from year-ago's results on a 7.5% boost in revenues to $40.064 billion. Chief Financial Officer Henry D. Wallace says he expects the tire recall to be wrapped up in mid-November and that related charges in the fourth quarter will be ...

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