The following statement is attributable to Mark Hutchins, president, Lincoln Mercury:

"We believe Continental General Tire caught this issue early and together we're going to do everything we can to quickly inspect the tires and replace them, if necessary.

I would like to assure our customers that Lincoln Navigators equipped with ContiTrac AS tires have an excellent safety record and we have received no reports of serious accidents, fatalities or serious injuries. Lincoln applauds Continental General Tire for moving quickly.

This is an example of the early warning system under discussion with all of our tire suppliers. Continental General Tire has moved quickly to identify the root cause here. Both Lincoln and Continental General Tire are equipping our dealers to do everything necessary to resolve this situation and satisfy our customers.

Lincoln customers can bring their vehicles to their local dealer or call the Lincoln Customer Assistance Center at (800) 521-4140."

To link to yesterday's just-auto.com editorial concerning the Continental recall, please click here.