Michelin and Bridgestone Announce Tire Recalls Due to Potential Tire Failure By Tod Aronovitz | 12/19/13 | 0 Comment

Tire manufacturers Michelin North America, Inc. and Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations LLC have each announced tire recalls due to potential problems with certain brands of their tires.

The Michelin recall affects 1.2 million tires supplied for use as original equipment on certain Ford vehicles, and as replacement equipment on various brand commercial light trucks, full-sized heavy duty vans, small RVs and some large pickup trucks.

The recall includes Michelin LTX M/S tires, size LT225/75R16 115/112R LRE, manufactured from January 10, 2010, through June 23, 2012. These tires could experience tread separation, a flaw which could involve rapid air loss in the tires, resulting in the possibility of losing control of the vehicle and increasing the risk of a crash. The Greenville, S.C-based company says that there have been no reported injuries or deaths related to the tire defect.

The recall is expected to begin on January 6, 2014. Michelin will notify owners, and Michelin dealers will replace the tires free of charge. Owners may also call Michelin Consumer Care at 1-800-231-5893 on Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. EST, or Saturday and Sunday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm EST.

The Bridgestone recall involves its H300 315/80R22.5 18-ply tires manufactured from January 2012 through August 2013.  The tires are part of a voluntary safety recall of 1.2 million Japanese-made vehicles—2,600 of which were sold to customers in Canada, Mexico, the U.S. territory of Guam, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Guatemala and Chile, according to a news release on the company’s website.

The recalled tires may lose pressure from a crack at the inner liner splice, potentially causing a bulge on the sidewall. This defect could result in a tire deflation and subsequent tire failure, increasing the risk of a crash.  Bridgestone said it had received 14 complaints to date about the tires, but no reports of accidents.

Bridgestone will notify owners and dealers will replace the tires, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in December 2013. Owners may contact Bridgestone at 1-617-633-3026.

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