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Fatal, Tire-related Crashes Involving Ford Explorers,
Ford Explorer Sports, Mercury Mountaineers,
and Mazda Navajos Through 2013


Fatal, tire-related crash.

Cumulative Deaths Involving Tire-related Crashes of Ford Explorers, Ford Explorer Sports, Mercury Mountaineers, and Mazda Navajos by Date of Crash and Period
Cumulative Deaths involving Tire-related Crashes of Ford Explorers, Ford Explorer Sports,
Mercury Mountaineers, and Mazda Navajos by Date of Crash.

The well-known tire recalls and replacement campaigns by Ford and Bridgestone/Firestone did not achieve long-term effectiveness in eliminating tire-related deaths involving the Ford Explorer fleet.

Through the end of 2013, there have been 829 total deaths involving tire-related crashes of first- and second-generation Explorers (model years 1991-2001) and their twins, the Ford Explorer Sport (model years 2001-2003), the Mercury Mountaineer (model years 1997-2001), and the Mazda Navajo (model years 1991-1994) despite the recall remedy for the defective tires.

During the Congressional investigations of the scandal in the summer of 2000, it was known that 101 Firestone tire-related deaths had occurred, largely in Ford Explorers. This number of deaths was termed "a national tragedy." An additional 728 tire-related fatalities involving the Ford Explorer fleet have drawn no comparable level of attention from the Congress or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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