Michelin Recall: 1.2M Commercial Tires Could Have Faulty Tread

Monday, 16 Dec 2013 11:33 AM

By Alexandra Ward

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Tire manufacturer Michelin has issued a recall for 1.2 million of its light commercial vehicle tires after receiving reports that the tread comes apart.

The recall extends to the company's North America LTX M/S tire in a 225/75/16 size, which was originally designed for "commercial light trucks, full-sized heavy duty vans, small recreational vehicles, and some large pickup trucks," Michelin said in a statement posted on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website.

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Ford reportedly uses the tires, which were produced between January 2010 and June 2012, on its E-Series van, which is commonly used as an airport shuttle van, a spokeswoman confirmed to The New York Times.

"Tires of the … date range identified have the possibility of developing a tread separation, often evidenced by a ride vibration or irregular wear," Michelin's statement read. "In some circumstances this condition could lead to a loss of tread, and in some cases rapid air loss, risking a loss of vehicle control or a vehicle crash."

No injuries have been reported relating to the faulty tires, but any motorist who has them should remove them as soon as possible. Michelin will remove and replace the tires at no charge, the company said.

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