I find it harsh that tyre companies are being dragged through the mud on these issues when the real problem is people don't maintain their cars any more. Like how many people carry a good quality tyre gauge and check their tyre pressures regularly? In fact, how many people even do a walk-around of their car before they head off on a trip?
I've seen cars in traffic next to me with tyres so low on pressure the belts are worn on the SIDEWALL. And the rubber is blue from heat stress.
Comes back to taking responsibility for your own safety IMO.
Audi USA had to recall the TT and TTq which were fitted with Bridgestones because the tyres, apprentely unique to the TT and TTq, developed stress cracks and bulges in the sidewalls and even tread lifting. The fact that most TT and TTq owners molly coddle the cars and it was these cars which had the problem was what caused alarm to Audi. The guys that drove them hard simply ditched the cheap (?) Bridgestones and fitted better rubber. Audi Australia was made aware of the problem and told us, Club Audi, that IF the problem occured here they would look in to it. Dad's TTq has the affected tyres on it and they are starting to develope signs of trouble, along with slight baldness caused by WRX hunting!. I think the only reason Ford has all the publicity over the tyres is down to the shear number of the things on the road and the fact that everyone likes to take shots at Ford. BTW did you know GM had tyre problems a year or so ago?