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Toyo Tire Recall

Wholesale tire distributors and tire retailers should pay attention to the latest recall from Toyo, which has just been government-mandated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Luckily the safety recall affects less than 5,000 Toyo and Nitto brand tires. The reason for the recall? These tires were made with an out-of-spec rubber compound that may fail, causing tread sections to detach and lead to loss of control or a crash. The tires being recalled were manufactured at the Sendai plant in Japan during a 2-week period in September 2010. Toyo officials estimate that 588 tires were made with the faulty rubber compound.

Ther following P-metric and metric sizes are included in this safety recall campaign, depending on the DOT Serial number.

Toyo Versado CUV: P245/55R19 103T, P235/55R20 102T, 235/55R18 100V, P255/65R18 109S.

Toyo Versado LX II: 215/60R16 95V.

Toyo Open Country A/T: LT285/70R17 121S.

Toyo Tourevo LS II: 245/45R18 96V.

Nitto Terra Grappler: 255/55R18 109S.

If you own these Toyo tires, inspect them to make sure that they are not affected by this recall. If you are not sure how to perform the inspection, take them to a local tire dealer or tire wholesaler.

Any customers affected by the recall will receive free replacement tires as well as coverage for all expenses related to mounting and balancing the replacements.

 

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Filed under: Tire News, Tire Recalls, Tire Safety, Toyo Tires

Bridgestone-Firestone recalls 127,000+ tires

Bridgestone is recalling 127,000 faulty Firestone FR380 units.

Bridgestone is recalling 127,000 faulty Firestone FR380 units.

Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations has announced a recall of more than 127,000 Firestone tires. Specifically, the recall affects Firestone FR380 tires manufactured between September 9, 2009 and July 2, 2008. Nine years ago Bridgestone infamously recalled 6.55 million tires after multiple tread seperation incidents that often resulted in deaths. With such a highly-scrutinized safety record, BATO was quick to recall this latest batch of Firestone radials after NHTSA officials concluded that the tireswere produced with insufficient tread base gauge.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration determined that with continued use, the affected units could suffer groove tracking from excessive vibration. Groove cracking could then worsen until the tread distorted and eventually seperated, resulting in loss of vehicle control.

Bridgestone plans to notify the owners of affected vehicles and replace the tires free of charge. In addition, the company has committed to covering the costs of mounting and balancing the new units. Owners of Firestone FR380 tires who feel they might be affected by the recall should contact the company immediately. BATO can be reached at 1-800-465-1904 or by visiting www.firestonetire.com. It is important to address this issue and swap your radials as soon as possible if your vehicle is affected by this consumer recall.

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