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Ford briefs Congress
August 17, 2000: 7:29 a.m. ET

Automaker said to talk to House, Senate staffs about S/UV tire recall
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NEW YORK (CNNfn) - Hoping to head off potential congressional hearings this fall, Ford Motor Co. is briefing the staff members of about a dozen congressmen and senators this week about the recent recall of some models of Bridgestone/Firestone Inc. tires, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.

graphicThe tires have been blamed for a number of fatal accidents involving the Ford Explorer sport/utility vehicle, the paper said.

Ford strategists have been concerned about the entire matter being slated for congressional scrutiny, according to the Journal.

So far, no major committee has officially scheduled such hearings -- although Ford (F: Research, Estimates) has received inquiries from some congressional staffers, the paper said.

Janet Mullins Grissom, Ford's vice president for national affairs, will lead the briefings, the paper noted, saying the briefings started Wednesday and are expected to wrap up Thursday.

Of those briefed so far, the staff of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., the chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, seemed most informed and had the most questions, Grissom told the Journal.

Ford shares fell 1/8 to 28-5/16 in trading Wednesday. Back to top

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