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NPR's Don Gonyea reports that executives from both Ford and Bridgestone/Firestone faced harsh questioning on Capitol Hill today. Members of Congress wanted to know why the companies were slow to warn the public about a growing problem with defective tires and why they didn't inform the U.S. government about an overseas recall. U.S. safety regulators were also criticized for not catching the problem earlier. The defective tires are now blamed for 88 deaths and hundred of injuries in the U.S.

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