Michelin North America has announced a safety recall of approximately 1.3 million of its Michelin LTX M/S commercial light truck tires, sold in both the U.S. and Canada.
These tires are typically found on such vehicles as commercial light trucks, full-sized heavy-duty vans, small RVs and some large pickup trucks. Most of the tires were sold in the U.S with less than 100,000 sold in Canada.
No deaths or injuries have been reported in connection with the recalled tires.
This recall is being issued because an increasing number of tires are experiencing tread loss and/or rapid air loss.
The recalled tires were manufactured between January 2010 and June 2012.
The Department of Transportation date range that appears on the tire sidewall is represented by four numbers, with the first two digits denoting the week, and the last two digits representing the year.
The DOT range and product identifiers for the affected tires are:
Tire description, Michelin LTX M/S LT 225/75R16 115/112R LRE; DOT sequence, B3JH AKEX; DOT production, 0210-2512 (first two digits are week of the year and last two digits are the year).
The tires were fitted as original equipment on some new vehicles and were also sold as new replacement tires. Michelin stopped producing the tire in June 2012 as part of the company's normal process of refreshing its product lines.
Owners of the affected tires are advised to visit an authorized Michelin retail location as soon as possible to have the tires replaced at no charge.
For additional information on this recall, visit Michelin at www.michelin.ca/safetyrecall or call Michelin Consumer Care at 888-863-7777.