October 4, 2001

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is releasing a spreadsheet reflecting the updated Office of Defects Investigation (ODI) Consumer Complaint database of complaints reported to NHTSA that are related to Firestone ATX, Wilderness, and other tire models under investigation as part of Engineering Analysis EA00-023. The database is available in both an MS Excel Spreadsheet and a comma delimited file.

As of September 5, 2001, 271 fatalities have been reported to us as being related to these tires, an increase of 68 from the 203 that had been reported to the agency as of June 15, 2001. Most of these additional reported fatalities were not the subject of new complaints; rather, they were added after ODI obtained additional information about pre-existing complaints. New information is included about the type of tire failure for each report. We used three categories: (1) Alleged Tread Separations, (2) Alleged Blowout, and (3) Unknown Tire Failure Mode. We also included a breakdown of the Alleged Tread Separations into 4 categories: Recalled Tires, Initial Decision Tires, Other Wilderness AT Tires, and Other and Unknown tires. The sources of the reports of each fatality are as follows (we have removed all of the duplicate records involving fatalities):

  ODI
Consumer
Complaint
Database
Firestone
Reports*
Ford
Reports*
State
Farm
Reports*
Safety-forum.
com*
FARS** TOTAL
Alleged Tread
Separation
114 26 20 2 24 6 192
Recalled TiresB
(alleged Tread Separation)
75 15 12 1 18 2 123
Initial Decision TiresA
(alleged Tread Separation)
10 11 0 0 3 1 25
Similar Wilderness AT tiresC
(alleged Tread Separation)
14 0 4 1 0 2 21
Other and Unknown tires D
(alleged Tread Separation)
15 0 4 0 3 1 23
Alleged Blowout 22 4 3 4 0 0 33
Unknown Tire Failure Mode 15 7 14 2 8 0 46
TOTAL 151 37 37 8 32 6 271

*   These are the number of non-duplicative fatalities reported to NHTSA by Firestone, Ford, State Farm, and Safetyforum.com respectively, as of August 7, 2001

**  We have included all non-duplicative FARS reports where it has been confirmed, usually through a callback, that the vehicle involved was equipped with Firestone tires and the tire was noted as a related factor in the crash on the police accident report. Other FARS reports are not included because the tire manufacturer has not been confirmed.

A   Includes all tires recalled in August 2000 by Firestone, all ATX P235/75R15 and all Wilderness AT P235/75R15 tires built at Decatur.

B   Includes all P235/75R15 and all P255/70R16 Wilderness AT tires that were not recalled and were built at either Wilson, Joliette, or Oklahoma City prior to the 18th week of 1998.

C   Includes P235/75R15 Wilderness AT tires that were either recalled or covered by the initial decisions, but not enough information is available to be certain.

D   Includes other Firestone tire models and sizes and those without enough information to properly categorize them.

Over 800 injuries were reported. Of these over 500 were allegedly due to tread separation. The last website update that contained the number of injuries was published on October 17, 2000. At that time there were more than 500 injuries reported that were alleged to relate to all types of tire failures.

The database contains 5,193 reports, although a few are likely to be duplicates. The agency has removed approximately 1,000 complaints from the database since the last update. Most of the complaints were removed because no catastrophic tire failure was reported. The last database contained 6,184 reports and was posted on our Website on June 18, 2001.

To download a copy of the NHTSA complaints, click Download the MS Excel Spreadsheet Here. (Last Updated 10/04/01) or a comma delimited file (only one sort provided) here.

 

June 28, 2001
Database Correction

We received a question from SafetyForum.com yesterday about two records in our database. This led us to discover an error that has been corrected. The records in the "Sort by Tire Size" spreadsheet were incorrect. This spreadsheet has been corrected. All other spreadsheet information remains unchanged. We thank SafetyForum.com for being vigilant, and we are taking measures to prevent this from happening in the future.

 

June 18, 2001

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is releasing a spreadsheet reflecting the updated Office of Defects Investigation (ODI) Consumer Complaint database of complaints reported to NHTSA that are related to Firestone ATX, Wilderness, and other tire models under investigation as part of Engineering Analysis EA00-023. The database is available in both an MS Excel Spreadsheet and a comma delimited file.

As of June 14, 2001, 203 fatalities have been reported to us as being related to these tires, an increase of 29 from the 174 that had been reported to the agency as of early February 2001. The sources of the reports of each fatality are as follows (we have removed all of the duplicate records involving fatalities):

  ODI Consumer Complaint Database Firestone Reports* Ford Reports* State Farm Reports* Safety-forum.com* FARS** TOTAL
Number of Non-Duplicative Fatalities Reported, by Source 145 24 3 5 19 7 203

* These are the number of non-duplicative fatalities reported to NHTSA by Firestone, Ford, State Farm, and Safetyforum.com respectively, as of June 14, 2001.

**We have included all FARS reports where it has been confirmed, usually through a callback, that the vehicle involved was equipped with Firestone tires and the tire was noted as a related factor in the crash on the police accident report. Other FARS reports are not included because the tire manufacturer has not been confirmed.

The database contains 6,184 reports, although a few are likely to be duplicates. The last database contained approximately 6,000 reports and was posted on our Website on February 6, 2001.

We have initiated callbacks on every report in this database where consumers provided contact information and we have updated or verified information on 2,910 of the reports in our database. We are continuing to receive new information from our callback program.

 

February 6, 2001

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is releasing a spreadsheet reflecting the updated Office of Defects Investigation (ODI) Consumer Complaint database regarding complaints reported to NHTSA that are related to Firestone ATX, Wilderness, and other tire models under investigation as part of Engineering Analysis EA00-023. The database is available in both an MS Excel Spreadsheet and a comma delimited file.

As of February 2, 2001, 174 fatalities have been reported to us as being related to these tires, an increase of 26 from the 148 that had been reported to the agency as of early December 2000. This increase is due in part to a submission from Safetyforum.com, which submitted a database of lawsuits, many of which involve tread separations in the tires covered by EA00-023. We have also added a column for fatalities identified from NHTSA's Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) that are not contained in any of the other sources. The sources of the reports of these fatalities are as follows (we have removed all of the duplicate records involving fatalities):

Statistics from NHTSA's Fatality Analysis Reporting System
  ODI Consumer Complaint Database Firestone Reports* Ford Reports* State Farm Reports* Safetyforum.com* FARS TOTAL
Number of Non-Duplicative Fatalities Reported, by Source 126 19 5 3 19 2 174

* These are the number of non-duplicative fatalities reported to NHTSA by Firestone, Ford, State Farm, and Safetyforum.com respectively, as of February 2, 2001.

We are continuing our callback program to enhance the quality of the ODI database. We continue to remove duplicate records, obtain additional information from consumers, and make corrections.

The database contains approximately 6000 reports, although some are likely to be duplicates. The last database contained approximately 4300 reports and was posted on our Website on December 6, 2000. Over half of the new complaints (over 1000) were submitted by single attorney.

 

December 6, 2000

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is releasing a spreadsheet reflecting the updated Office of Defects Investigation (ODI) Consumer Complaint database regarding complaints reported to NHTSA that are related to Firestone ATX, Wilderness, and other tire models under investigation as part of Engineering Analysis EA00-023. The database is available in both an MS Excel Spreadsheet and a comma delimited file.

As of December 6, 2000, 148 fatalities have been reported to us as being related to these tires, an increase of twenty-nine from the 119 that had been reported to the agency as of mid-October. The sources of the reports of these fatalities are as follows (we have removed all of the duplicate records involving fatalities):

Statistics from NHTSA's Fatality Analysis Reporting System
  ODI Consumer Complaint Database Firestone Reports* Ford Reports* State Farm Reports* TOTAL
Number of Non-Duplicative Fatalities Reported, by Source 121 19 5 3 148

* These are the number of non-duplicative fatalities reported to NHTSA by Firestone, Ford, and State Farm, respectively, as of December 6, 2000.

We are continuing our callback program to enhance the quality of the ODI database. We have added two additional columns to the database, "Update Date" and "Status," to track the status of each callback. We continue to remove duplicate records, obtain additional information from consumers, and make corrections. Duplicate records that we have identified are noted in the VOQ# column where multiple VOQ #'s exist for one record. We have identified approximately 100 duplicate records and continue to search for more and to merge duplicate records into a single record.

The database contains approximately 4300 reports, although some are likely to be duplicates. The last database contained approximately 3700 reports and was posted on our Website on October 24, 2000.

 

October 24, 2000

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is releasing the updated databases regarding complaints reported to NHTSA that are related to Firestone ATX, Wilderness, and other tire models under investigation as part of Engineering Analysis EA00-023. The databases are available in both an MS Excel Spreadsheet and a comma delimited file.

We are aware of 119 reported fatalities related to these tires, an increase of eighteen from the 101 that had been reported to the agency as of mid-September. Please be aware that while the total number of fatalities in our database is greater than 119, there are duplicate reports. We have removed the duplicates from the total (119), but have not removed them from our database. Duplicate records can often be identified by the failure date. Duplicate records can occur when we receive reports about the same incident from police, lawyers, family members, and other passengers in the vehicle.

Information such as tire model, tire size, and DOT number are missing from many reports. NHTSA is conducting a callback program to enhance the quality of the database. We are removing duplicate records, obtaining additional information from consumers, and making corrections.

The database contains approximately 3700 reports. The last database contained 2226 reports and was posted on our Website on September 19, 2000. Reports entered into our database since that time may be duplicates of earlier reports.

 

October 17, 2000

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is releasing new information regarding complaints, injuries, and fatalities that have been reported to NHTSA that are related to Firestone ATX and Wilderness tires under investigation by the agency.

We are now aware of 119 reported fatalities related to these tires, an increase of eighteen from the 101 that had been reported to the agency as of mid-September.

The number of complaints and reported injuries that are related to these tires has also increased. We have now entered over 3500 complaints in the Office of Defects Investigation database - up from just over 2200 in mid-September. There are now more than 500 reported injuries - up from over 400 in mid-September. Some of the complaints and injuries may be duplicate reports. Since the last update, we have removed a number of duplicate reports that were in the database as of September 15. However, reports entered into our database since that time may be duplicates of earlier reports.

The agency will continue to place summaries of complaints on its Internet Website, and copies of the complaints (without names, addresses, and other identifying information) will be available to the public in the NHTSA Technical Information Services office.

 

September 21, 2000
Database Correction

NHTSA was notified about an error in our database. We pulled a copy of our report, VOQ# 730603, and found that two fatalities were listed. The narrative described that "two animals perished." We called the complainant to get more information and found that the fatalities referred to the family's dog and cat. With the owner's permission, we want to correct the record. The owners lost their German Shepherd, "Orion" and their black Persian, "Anastasia." The database has been corrected to reflect this new information.

 

September 19, 2000

We are updating our Website database on Firestone tires under investigation by NHTSA. We are now aware of 103 reported fatalities related to these tires. Ninety-two of those fatalities were reported initially to NHTSA. Firestone's submission included 11 additional, non-duplicate, reports of fatalities. Subsequently, three of the incidents covered by the Firestone reports were submitted directly to NHTSA. The Firestone fatalities are not individually listed in the database. Firestone requested that the data concerning the fatalities and other claims be treated as confidential information. NHTSA's Office of Chief Counsel recently denied the request for confidentiality, but Firestone has 10 working days to appeal that decision. If an appeal is not made, we will include Firestone's records in the next database update.

Our injury and complaint counts are updated also. As of September 15, we have entered 2226 complaints in the database, including more than 400 reported injuries. Some of these may be duplicates. Since the last update, we have removed a number of duplicate reports that were in the August 31, 2000 database. However, reports entered into our database since August 31 may be duplicates.

 

August 31, 2000

We are updating our Website database on Firestone tires under investigation by NHTSA. We are now aware of 88 reported fatalities related to these tires. Seventy-seven of those fatalities were reported directly to NHTSA. Our recently completed review of Firestone's submission revealed 11 additional, non-duplicate, reports of fatalities. The Firestone fatalities are not individually listed in the database. Firestone requested that the data concerning the fatalities and other claims be treated as confidential information. NHTSA is evaluating that request.

Our injury and complaint counts are updated also. Currently, we have received over 1400 complaints, including more than 250 reported injuries.

Despite our best efforts, the database may contain duplicate records of incidents, injuries, and fatalities.

We continue to receive consumer complaints and the next update will be on September 18, 2000.

 

AUGUST 22, 2000
Database Correction

We found an error in our database that has been corrected. Some of the complaint dates in our August 15, 2000 online database were wrong. On August 2, we received information from an attorney concerning 57 lawsuits. Included were copies of legal "complaints" filed in various jurisdictions. Some dating back to 1992. Each suit was assigned a unique report number in our database. In some cases the "Complaint Date" was wrong because we used the date the lawsuit was filed with the court instead of the date we actually received the information. Consequently, all of these "Complaint Dates" have been corrected to accurately reflect the date NHTSA received the information (i.e., August 2, 2000).

We are continuing to enter complaints and the next update will be on September 15, 2000. Two additional pieces of information have been added. First, the complaint data has been sorted three ways and the sort criteria is noted on each individual spreadsheet. Sheet one, "VOQ Number Sort", is sorted by the Vehicle Owner Questionnaire number, which is a NHTSA report number assigned to each complaint. Sheet number two, "State Sort", is sorted by the state where the owner lives. Sheet three, "Tire Size Sort", is sorted by the tire size. Secondly, we have added a "Summary" field generally describing each report.

 

August 15, 2000
Update of NHTSA's Complaint Database

PE00-020: Firestone Wilderness and ATX Tires

Due to the overwhelming number of inquiries regarding our Preliminary Evaluation of Firestone tires, PE00-020, we have created three charts containing information from our current database. One is sorted by the Vehicle Owner Questionnaire number (VOQ), one is sorted by the State where the owner lives that reported the incident, and one is sorted by the tire size. You will note that not all complainants reported the size of their tires or the DOT number from the failed tire. The DOT number gives the plant code and tells us where the tire was built. You should also be aware that the state where the owner lives, may not be the location where the incident took place.

We are still receiving and inputting complaints into our database. The data included in these charts has not been verified. A large number of complaints received through August 8, 2000 have been included in this update; however, there are additional complaints still being compiled from the week of August 7th that will be included in the next database update on September 15, 2000. There are duplicates that still need to be addressed.

We currently have received over 750 complaints, and we are aware of at least 62 fatalities and over 100 injuries alleged to be related to a tire failure.