Michelin North America Inc. has issued a safety recall of approximately 1.3 million of its Michelin LTX M/S commercial light truck tires sold primarily in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.
About 1.2 million of these tires were sold in the U.S. The tires are typically found on such vehicles as commercial light trucks, full-sized heavy duty vans, small RVs and some large pickup trucks.
No deaths or injuries have been reported in connection with the recalled tires, the company says.
The recall, which has been reported to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, is being issued because an increasing number of tires are experiencing tread loss and/or rapid air loss, according to a Michelin statement.
The U.S. customer returns for these conditions are currently 0.015 percent of the total population, or less than 200 tires. No returns for tires with these conditions have been reported outside the U.S., according to Michelin.
The recalled tires were manufactured between January 2010 and June 2012. The U.S. Department of Transportation date range that appears on the tire sidewall is represented by four numbers, with the first two digits denoting the week and the last two digits representing the year.
The DOT range and product identifiers for the affected tires are:
Tire Description: Michelin LTX M/S LT 225/75R16 115/112R LRE
DOT Sequence: B3JH AKEX
DOT Production Periods (Inclusive): 0210 – 2512
Michelin said it regrets the inconvenience to its customers and dealers. Owners of the affected tires should visit an authorized Michelin retail location as soon as possible to have the tires replaced at no charge.The tires were fitted as original equipment on some new vehicles and were also sold as new replacement tires. Michelin stopped producing the tire in June 2012 as part of the company’s normal process of refreshing its product lines.
For additional information on this recall, visit Michelin at:
Or call Michelin Consumer Care between the hours of 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. EST Monday – Friday and between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. EST Saturday – Sunday at: 800-231-5893.