Tag: Firestone

Harvey S. Firestone (Wikipedia)

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On February 7, 1938, automotive industry pioneer Harvey Samuel Firestone, founder of the major American tire company that bore his name, dies at the age of 69 in Miami Beach, Florida.

Firestone Tire and Rubber Company
Subsidiary
Industry Manufacturing
Founded August 3, 1900; 118 years ago
AkronOhioU.S.
Founder Harvey Firestone
Headquarters 200 4th Ave S.,

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U.S.
Area served
Worldwide
Key people
Products Tires
Revenue  $ 2.09 billion (2004)
Number of employees
40,000
Parent Bridgestone (1988–present)
Website firestone.com

Firestone Tire and Rubber Company is an American tire company founded by Harvey Firestone in 1900 initially to supply solid rubber side-wire tires[1] for fire apparatus,[2] and later, pneumatic tires for wagons, buggies, and other forms of wheeled transportation common in the era. Firestone soon saw the huge potential for marketing tires for automobiles, and the company was a pioneer in the mass production of tires. Harvey Firestone had a personal friendship with Henry Ford, and used this to become the original equipment supplier of Ford Motor Company automobiles, and was also active in the replacement market.[3]

In 1988, the company was sold to the Japanese Bridgestone Corporation.

Harvey S. Firestone
Harvey Firestone (c. 1910)
Born December 20, 1868
Died February 7, 1938 (aged 69)
Occupation Founder of Firestone Tire and Rubber Company
Spouse(s) Idabelle Smith Firestone
Children Harry (April 12–16, 1897)
Harvey, Jr. (1898–1973)
Russell (1901–1951)
Leonard (1907–1996)
Raymond (1908–1994)
Roger (1912–1970)
Elizabeth (1914–1941)

Firestone in 1931

 

Worst American Cars? #1 1991 – 2000 Ford Explorer

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The Explorer, (also know as The Exploder :)), was the replacement for the Bronco II which had it’s problems rollover wise. the Explorer ran into tyre issues resulting in many lawsuits. The Exploder tag appears to be in reference to the transmission

Read the full list here at Autowise

Interesting list of issues on this model here