I was recently refused a trailer rental because I own a 2005 Ford Explorer Sport-Trac.
This despite the facts:
1. The pending lawsuit stems from "a higher than normal incidence of tire failures on For Explorers ... fitted with Firestone tires," and that all accidents involved tread separation.
2. The problem was completely solved prior to 2003 with the recall of the faulty tires and corrected figures for tire inflation.
3. I do not have Firestone tires.
4. The issue didn't involve the Ford Explorer per se'. In fact, many vehicles fitted with those faulty tires, including vehicles by Mercury and Mazda, suffered from the same issue.
5. The Explorer was never at fault, as Explorers fitted with Goodyear tires never experienced any rollover issues.
6. The Explorer was entirely redesigned beginning in 2002, including a completely independant rear suspension, resulting in the same ride comfort, handling, and vehicle stability enjoyed by the Hummer H1, Ford F-150s, and most of the GMC vehicles U-Haul currently uses throughout its fleet.
7. I do not have a Ford Explorer. I have a Ford Explorer Sport Trac. It's not the same vehicle. It's only based on the Explorer, but has a lengthened chassis which provides for greater stability.
Since I do not have a Ford Explorer, since the problem originated with faulty tires, improper inflation, and a vehicle which no longer exists (except in name only, as all Explorers and Sport Tracs were completely redesigned in 2002), I have a question:
Why am I being denied service? The issue you cite invovled a completely different design and different tires. My Sport Trac bears about as much functional resemblance to that vehicle as a does a mouse to a kangaroo.