Date:April 30, May 1,2, Aug. 7, 20, 24, Sept. 22, Oct. 3, Oct. 25, Oct. 30, Nov. 12, Dec. 27
The Chicago Sun-Times was the first newspaper to cover the tread separation on Firestone radial tires. The story was first broken by a Houston-area television station. The defective Firestone tires did not become a national story until USA Today picked it up in early August. The Chicago Sun-Times also was the first to document similar problems in other tiremakers, "revealing that General Tire misled investigators about the extent of problems with their tires."