NHTSA Sez 1/3 Of Tires To Fail New Standards

Background
Con­gress ordered new rules fol­low­ing Fire­stone tire recalls
Recalled tires were found to have man­u­fac­tur­ing defects; sus­cep­ti­ble to los­ing tread, esp. at high tem­per­a­tures
271 deaths & >800 injuries linked to Fire­stone tire fail­ures, most­ly on Ford Explor­ers
Most acci­dents hap­pened in South dur­ing sum­mer