Michelin North America is recalling 1.2 million of its car tires for a defect that could cause tread separation. The tires, which were manufactured from Jan. 10, 2010 through June 23, 2012, were considered replacement tires for large pickup trucks as well as for some commercial light trucks, full-sized heavy duty vans and small recreational vehicles.
The tires also were used as original equipment on the Ford 2010 through 2013 model-year E-Series van, according to industry publication Automotive News. The Ford E-Series is a commercial van that is commonly used to transport small groups of passengers, such as for airport shuttles and sometimes in place of school buses.
The recall has been issued as a precaution due to reports that Michelin has received from consumers, though no injuries have been reported.
Tread separation is a serious issue because it typically leads to the tire rapidly losing air, which can result in the driver losing control of the car and possibly crashing. Car crashes cause vehicle damage and potential injury to the occupants, and also can have the residual effect of increased car insurance rates if the accident is deemed the driver's fault.
Tires affected by the recall are Michelin LTX M/S 225/75R16 115/112R LRE that also have the Department of Transportation Sequence "B3JH AKEX" followed by a four-digit date production code between 0210 (second week of 2010) and 2512 (25th week of 2012).
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