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Firestone reportedly is told to recall millions of tires

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) — U.S. regulators have identified between 3 million and 7 million tires that they want Firestone to recall, a source familiar with the government's plan said Friday.

Neither the company, which has refused a recall request, nor the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which made the request on Wednesday, would specify the total number of tires involved.

However, one government source with knowledge of NHTSA's tire investigation said 3 million to 7 million was an accurate range.

It remained unclear if all of those tires, most or all of them Wilderness ATs, were still on the road.

Firestone, a unit of Bridgestone Corp., vigorously defended the safety of its Wilderness brand and said it would go to court to fight NHTSA's recall request, if it had to.