DECATUR, Ill. Bridgestone/Firestone Inc. said Tuesday that it will lay off 450 workers at its Decatur, Ill., plant and scale back production there and at factories in LaVergne, Tenn., and Oklahoma City.
In August, Bridgestone/Firestone recalled 6.5 million ATX, ATX II and Wilderness AT tires, many of them standard equipment on the Ford Explorer. The tires are under investigation in connection with at least 119 deaths and 500 injuries in the United States.
The layoffs at Decatur where many of the recalled tires were made affect about one-fourth of the workforce at the plant. All three plants will scale back production for two weeks, then shut down for two weeks over the Christmas holidays, with full production resuming in January, the tiremaker said.