PHOENIX, AZ — Bridgestone/Firestone Inc. believes it's solved the problem of reduced wet-road traction with worn tires. Expanding tire life and then increasing wet-road performance over that longer life is the challenge for every tire manufacturer. Since the dawn of the industry, tires that were hard enough to stand the test of time wouldn't stick to the road, particularly in wet conditions. And the problem tended to worsen over the life of the tire, as its tread wore down. Firestone ...

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