The tires being recalled were BFGoodrich commercial tires LT 235/85 and LT245/75 and Uniroyal Laredo tires LT 235/85 and LT245/75. Michelin said anyone looking for more information can call 1-800-637-5527 or visit www.bfgoodrichtires.com/voluntarysafetyrecall or www.uniroyaltires.com/ voluntarysafetyrecall.
COLUMBIA, S.C. – Michelin voluntarily recalled about 841,000 BFGoodrich and Uniroyal tires Thursday because the tread can separate, causing rapid air loss.
No deaths or injuries have been reported from the tires, which were made as replacement tires for commercial light trucks and full-sized heavy-duty vans from April 2010 until early this year, according to the company.
Michelin North America, based in Greenville, S.C., is beginning the recall immediately. Tires will be replaced at no charge. Websites and toll-free numbers have been set up with more information.
Quality-control workers started noticing an increase in reported problems with the tires this year. The company has noticed the separation in less than 150 tires, but decided the voluntary recall was needed to protect the safety of drivers, said Michelin's technical director, Mike Wischhusen.
“We constantly monitor our products performance in the field and it was our own internal quality systems that caught this issue,” Wischhusen said.