Michelin is recalling about 1.2 million tires for potential tire defects. According to a news release issued by the company, the safety recall involves one version of a specific size of Michelin LTX M/S tire. These tires are typically found on vehicles such as commercial light trucks, full-sized heavy-duty vans, small recreational vehicles and some large pickup trucks. The tires included in this recall were manufactured between January 2010 and June 2012. The tire version and size are: Michelin LTX M/S LT 225/75R16 115/112R LRE.
The recalled tires were fitted as original equipment on some new vehicles and were also sold as new replacement tires. These tires could lose their tread or rapidly lose air increasing the risk of a crash. Michelin is recommending that anyone who has these tires on their vehicles remove them as soon as possible. Consumers can visit their authorized Michelin retail location to have the tires replaced at no charge. Anyone with questions is asked to contact the customer service number at (800) 231-5893.
Defective Tires are Dangerous
Tire tread separation is a dangerous condition where the tread of the tire separates itself from the casing or body of the tire. Manufacturing defects are one of the causes of tread separation. This could occur because of a mistake in the chemical process during the manufacturing process or when the tread and steel belting section did not properly bond to the tire casing.
Over a period of time, a defective tire will begin to show signs of an extreme out of balance condition. Then, a bump will form in the tread area. This is the first visual indicator that the tread is going to separate. The bump will expand until the tire failure occurs. One way to avoid accidents caused by tread separations is to inspect your tires by looking for deformations as well as touching and feeling them for deformations. You should inspect your tires also if you notice abnormal vibrations.
If You Have Been Injured
If a defective tire has caused your accident and injuries, please make sure that you preserve the vehicle and the tire if possible so that an expert can carefully examine it for flaws and malfunctions. If a faulty tire caused your injuries, you can file a product liability claim against the tire manufacturer and/or the automaker. Please contact an experienced product liability lawyer who has handled similar cases successfully. A knowledgeable auto defect lawyer will be able to help you secure fair compensation to cover damages including medical expenses, lost wages, hospitalization, rehabilitation and pain and suffering.