Michelin Recalls 1.2 Million Tires for Tread Separation

By | December 16, 2013
Michelin North America, Inc. has announced a recall that will affect 1.2 million LTX M/S tires manufactured between January 10, 2010, and June 23, 2012. The affected tires are size LT225/75R16 115/112R LRE, and were originally standard equipment on certain Ford vehicles including the E-Series full-size van. As of right now, no injuries have been reported. The company is recalling these tires for possibly tread separation. If this were to happen, it could lead to rapid air loss, resulting in loss of vehicle control and the rick of an accident would increase. Michelin told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that "Several instances of tread/belt endurance issues (exhibited as ride vibrations, irregular wear, tread loss, or rapid air loss) were observed for the subject tire in the third quarter of 2013." The issue was discovered through warranty claims, along with 20 consumer claims who sought reimbursement for damage to their vehicles.
The tire manufacturer will contact all owners and Michelin dealers will replace all affected tires at no cost to the owner. The recall isn't expected to begin until January 2014, but owners can contact Michelin Consumer Care by phone at (800) 231-5893 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. EST, or Saturday and Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. EST. The NHTSA Vehicle Safety Hotline is also available for contact by phone at (888) 327-4236, or online at www.safercar.gov. Source: NHTSA, Automotive News (Subscription Required)