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