Michelin has issued a voluntary recall for as much as 104,000 of its BFGoodrich All-Season tires and BFGoodrich Rugged Terrain tires. It is believed that the affected may suffer from “rapid air loss” because of a rupture in the sidewall in the bead area. Air loss can readily lead a driver to lose control of the vehicle. This, in turn, can lead to possible vehicle crash. So far, no injuries or fatalities regarding the affected tires have been reported.
Michelin North America, Inc. has said that it is recalling the BFGoodrich Commercial T/A All-Season tires with sizes LT275/70R18 125/122Q LRE; BFGoodrich Commercial T/A All-Season 2 with sizes LT275/70R18 125/122R LRE, LT235/80R17 120/117R LRE, LT265/70R17 121/118R LRE, LT245/75R17 121/118R LRE, LT245/70R17 119/116R LRE and BFGoodrich Rugged Terrain T/A with sizes LT275/70R18 125/122R LRE and LT275/65R18 123/120R LRE.
Tires affected by the recall are those that were made this year and last year. Owners can refer to the DOT Sequence on their tires to check if they are affected by the said recall. The DOT Sequence begins with a BE and the last two numbers of the code indicate the year it was manufactured. Moreover, the affected tires are typically used in small RV’s, heavy duty vans, full-sized vans, commercial light trucks as well as 3/4 ton pick-up trucks and one ton pick-up trucks.
To assist customers with the recall, Michelin is expected to send out letters to tire owners next week to give instructions on how owners can have their tires replaced. Michelin North American says owners and dealers will receive similar tire replacements free of charge.