On tire tragedy, Hawai’i luckier than the world

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

tragedy.

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