uckier than the worldIt’s good to know that the death and trauma
associated with reported Firestone tire trouble hasn’t reached Hawai’i. Too bad
the same can’t be said for the rest of the world.
As the general manager of
Firestone’s tire dealer on Kaua’i told The Garden Island last week, only three
complaints about the allegedly faulty tires had been filed in Hawai’i. And none
of the incidents involved deaths. Regrettably, it’s a much different story
worldwide: 88 people have lost their lives in accidents attributed to failures
of the tires.
Firestone is recalling 6.5 million of the controversial tires
while trying to deflect suspicion about the way the company has dealt with
consumers. Meanwhile, a congressional probe of the deadly troubles is underway,
which debunks opinions that the news media is sensationalizing the issue and
needlessly frightening the public.
In the meantime, fingers should remain
crossed in the hope that Hawai’i remains relatively unscathed by tire-related