I think you've had all the useful input you're gonna get, just to summarize: a) The current Firestone is a division of Bridgestone and has nothing but the name to do with the company that designed that tire b) Current production of this tire is made by whoever makes tires for Coker, it's not a product of the present-day Firestone anyway c) You're not hearing about a lot of trouble on here d) The questions you should be asking of someone who runs this tire, particularly if they claim to be having trouble, is (a) "what pressure do you run" (b) "how fast do you drive" and (c) "how heavy is your car" Low pressure sets up a tire for failure and high speeds and/or heavy loads kills it. A tire run 24psi (remember, measure your tire pressures cold unless you're on a racetrack and really know what you're doing) at 80mph in a 4000lb car may have problems while the same tire run at 32psi in the same car may be trouble-free. This is a user problem, not a tire problem, and back in the day Detroit specced tire pressures for soft ride, not long life or high-speed safety. You'll note all those little door stickers had something like "add 4psi for sustained high speed" but the reality is that in most cases for safety a passenger-car tire (not talking about an 8-ply Load Range E rock) should be run at their full rated 32-36psi (as listed on the sidewall). Some modern tires (not under discussion here) are made for far more though you don't necessarily want to run them at their rated 51psi.