Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F) is extending the temporary shutdown another week at its St. Louis, Twin Cities and Edison Assembly Plants in a continuing effort to divert 15" tires from vehicle production to customers impacted by the Firestone recall. The Ford assembly plants in Missouri, Minnesota and New Jersey were idled on Monday, August 28. About 70,000 tires were diverted during the past two weeks to Ford Motor Company dealers and customers as a result of the plant shutdowns and other actions taken to replace 15" tires with 16" tires in vehicle production wherever possible.