The New York Times article "SUV Tyre Defects were Known in '96 but Not Reported" inaccurately describes Strategic Safety's work related to the Ford-Firestone tyre matter, the traffic safety consulting firm said in a statement. Strategic Safety says the article is based on an incorrect premise - the NYT claimed that federal regulators and Ford were hampered in their efforts to identify Firestone tyre problems in the U.S. because lawsuits were not reported to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.