Four Firestone Tires

Bridgestone launched four new Firestone tires at the Mid-America show, including an all-position radial for on/off-highway use. The Firestone FS820 is designed for steer, drive, and trailer positions and comes in three sizes.

The company also unveiled three new Firestone-brand commercial truck tires for regional to long-haul with emphases on fuel-saving designs and other features at a lower cost per mile. The new tires – FS591, FD691, and FT491 – meet EPA SmartWay and California Air Resources Board (CARB) fuel-efficiency requirements without sacrificing removal miles, says Bridgestone.

Designed to protect against casing damage, the FS820 has stone-rejector platforms to protect belts from potential damage. The deep and wide tread is said to provide excellent traction, increased wear life, and improved handling.

It features a five-rib design to combat stone retention for longer mileage and retreadability; all-steel casing construction and cap/base compounding to help resist cuts and improve durability and retreadability; and multiple zigzag gripping edges to help promote wet traction. It comes in three sizes: 11R22.5 (16 PR) and 11R24.5 (16 PR) available now; and 315/80R22.5 (20 PR) available later this year

The three new fuel-efficient tires are aimed at small business owners, and each of them sports patented NanoPro-Tech polymer technology that limits energy loss for improved rolling resistance. The sidewall design reduces overall tire weight to improve fuel efficiency without sacrificing durability, the company says.

The FS591 steer radial (shown) features a wide, deep tread and proprietary shoulder design for greater removal mileage and irregular-wear resistance. The FD691 drive radial has a continuous shoulder design and high-rigidity tread pattern to promote long, even wear.

And the FT491 all-position tire has ULTI-Rib and Defense Groove designs to combat the start and spread of irregular wear. Sidewall protector ribs help protect the casing from curbing damage and abrasion.

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