DETROIT – The National Highway Traffic Safety Admin. (NHTSA) will not open a safety defect investigation of the Ford Explorer’s pre-’02 design. “The data does not support Firestone’s contention that Explorers stand out from other SUVs with respect to its handling characteristics following a tread separation,” NHTSA Administrator Dr. Jeffrey Runge says. Based on the findings of its own investigation, Bridgestone/Firestone claimed Explorer was subject to a severe oversteer condition. ...

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