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1.2M Michelin car tires recalled

By Tara Baukus Mello ·
Thursday, December 19, 2013
Posted: 5 pm ET

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).

Tara Baukus Mello writes the cars blog as well as the weekly Driving for Dollars column, providing both practical financial advice for consumers as well as insight into the latest developments in the automotive world. Follow her on Facebook here or on Twitter @SheDrives.

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November 20, 2014 at 5:55 pm

I was able to get four new tires for my GMC motor home on the recall. Once the dealer verified the tires were on the recall it took a day to get new tires in stock. While on vacation and 300 miles from home one of the the new tires had a blow-out on the inside side wall. Went back to dealership that I got the tires from and was given a new tire to replace the blow-out.

January 29, 2014 at 11:30 pm

Bridget, how many miles do you drive a year?!?! Every year you have to replace tires? Either you drive 50,000 mile every year, or you need to switch Brands. Tire Kingdom must of loved you. EVERY YEAR NEW TIRES!!! That's insane. EVERY DAY you had to fill your tires with air? What's the matter with you? You thought nothing of filling your tires with air every day? Gezz....find a man to set you straight on basic car knowledge and find a different tire shop.

January 22, 2014 at 9:54 pm

Long ago time for you to buy Firestones.

Bridget Henderson
January 09, 2014 at 1:48 am

I've had to replace my Michelin tires on my Ford explorer every year since I bought it 2008. In 2010, I noticed that tire sensor light kept coming on indicating that my tire air pressure was low. Every day I would have to stop at a gas station and put air in my tire, until one morning both front tire were too flat to make it to the gas station. I replace both tires at Tire Kingdom and in doing so someone there broke the tire sensors in one or all of my tires but refused to accept damages. Then in 2011, I experienced the same thing. And so forth every year. Then in 2013, I was advised by someone at Tire Kingdom that Michelin had discontinued that tire and I became outraged because I hadn't been notified and they were still selling me those same tires every year. Which included a warranty that the never honored. So in 2013, the manager at Tire Kingdom sold me another line of the Michelin brand tires but at $100 mores without honoring the warranty or acknowledging that those tires were defective or recalled. I have spent over $2000-$3000 for these exact same model tires since 2009 at Tire Kingdom and not once did anyone mention a recall on these tires until 2013. Please advise.