Ford Motor Co. was possibly aware that its Explorer models were fitted with dangerous tyres in early 1999 and that Firestone was aware of the danger three years earlier, says Detroit Free Press (12/9/00) citing newly-released documents. The documents - two of which were written by Ford executives in two different countries back in January 1999 - were released to the media by the House Commerce Committee late Monday (11/9/00). The memos suggest that some at Ford knew of the problems with Firestone tyres which were finally recalled on August 9.