Michelin Recalls 100,000 Holey Tires Because Sidewall Perforations are Bad

By Jacob Brown | July 22, 2013
Michelin--you know, the company with the white "Michelin Man" mascot that you thought was the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man--is recalling 100,000 tires because some left the factory with perforations in their sidewalls. As a result, the tires can deflate prematurely. That, in turn, can cause an accident. And as we know, unless you're in a demolition derby, accidents aren't good. The tires being recalled are LTX M/S 2, X Radial LT2, and Latitude Tour models, which are designed for trucks and SUVs. Michelin found a sample of 2,500 tires were likely to have small holes in them, so it decided to recall the whole batch of tires that were made from September 2012 to June 2013, 100,000 in all. Michelin is issuing a recall to replace all tires free of charge at one of its distributors effective immediately. Customers who purchased the tires will be notified via mail starting next week, and customers who've already had to replace their tires will be reimbursed. For more information on the recalled tires, call Michelin's customer service line at (855) 851-4951 or visit Michelin's recall site for more information. Sources: Detroit News, Michelin