Michelin is recalling around 841,000 BF Goodrich Commercial and Uniroyal Laredo tires sold in the U.S, Canada and Mexico – sizes LT235/85R16 120 Q and LT245/75R16 120 Q, because the tread can separate, causing rapid air loss.
These tires may develop a separation at the tread/belt edge. Tread/belt separation of the tire while the vehicle is in use can result in rapid air loss, which may increase the risk of a vehicle crash.
Tires will be replaced at no charge.
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.
“We caught it very early, based on a very small number of returns.”
Michelin will notify owners and replace the affected tires free of charge.
The safety recall is expected to begin on, or about, August 6, 2012. Owners may contact Michelin Consumer Care at 1-800-637-5527.