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Tread Endurance Issue Causes Recall of Michelin Tires

Posted By The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC || 29-Dec-2013

Full-sized Ford van owners in Texas may want to pay attention to an important recall from Michelin North America as the company is recalling 1.2 million tires. The defective tires were used on some of Ford's commercial vans, and they may have problems with the tread coming apart.

Michelin reported to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that the tires involved in the recall are used as standard equipment on the full-sized E-Series Ford van that was formerly known as the Econoline. They were used in the 2010 through 2013 models. Specifically, the tires involved are LTX M/S tires, size LT225/75R16 115/112R LRE. They were made at the company's Bridgewater, Nova Scotia, plant.

While no injuries or fatalities have been reported, there have been reports of the tires exhibiting ride vibrations, rapid air loss and irregular wear. This could be a very serious situation. As of now, Michelin reports that the total number of tires known to be defective is less than 200. For anyone who has purchased these tires or a vehicle equipped with these tires, Michelin is offering to refund the money or replace the tires.

Defective products may be very dangerous in the auto industry. All it takes is one part of a vehicle to fail and the driver can lose control. Someone who has been injured by a defective auto product, such as tires, may decide to file a claim against the manufacturer. Personal injury attorneys in Austin may be able to seek compensation for financial expenses relating to the accident and their pain and suffering.

Source: Automotive News, "Michelin recalls 1.2 million tires in U.S.", December 14, 2013

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