The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Admin. says one-third of the 287 million passenger vehicle tires sold annually in the U.S. may fail new, more stringent standards brought about by the Firestone tire/Ford Explorer scandal. The tougher standards would require tires to endure greater stress during testing, a move NHTSA estimates will save 27 lives and prevent 667 injuries every year caused by faulty tires. NHTSA believes about 414 deaths and 10,275 injuries relating to tire failure ...

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