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Hercules Light Truck Tires Recalled Over Concerns Of Tread Separation

Hercules Light Truck Tires Recalled Over Concerns Of Tread Separation

Last September, the Chinese Tire Tariff expired and had many consumer advocates concerned that by not renewing it, American drivers could be subject to the poorer standards and quality of imported tires. Chinese-made tires aren’t obligated to meet stringent consumer standards like automobile tires that are manufactured and sold in the U.S., and the expiration of the tariff meant that even poorer quality tires could find their way into the American market, leaving drivers susceptible to both dangerous tire defects and accidents.

An example of this problem occurred recently, as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced the recall of a variety of Hercules Tires most commonly used on light-duty commercial trucks. Manufactured in China, at least seven sizes of Hercules ALL-TRAC A/T 10-Ply Load Range E Tires are currently being recalled by Hercules because of a manufacturing defect that could cause incredibly dangerous tread separation. If separation occurs while a vehicle is being operated, the driver could lose control of the vehicle and cause accidents and considerable injuries to other drivers and passengers.

In the defect notice to the NHTSA, Hercules Tire officials recognized that the specific number of tires involved in this recall was still unknown. However, the following tires and model numbers are affected:

  •     LT215/85R16 115/112S, DOT Serial Numbers JEHMECL5008-4010
  •     LT235/85R16 120/116S, DOT Serial Numbers JEKMECL4708-4010
  •     LT245/75R16 120/116S DOT Serial Numbers JEJKECL4608-4010
  •     LT265/75R16 123/120S, DOT Serial Numbers JENKECL4808-4010
  •     LT265/70R17 121/118S, DOT Serial Numbers JENJFCL5108-4010
  •     LT245/75R17 121/118S, DOT Serial Numbers JELKFCL5008-4010
  •     LT225/75R16 115/112S, DOT Serial Numbers JEJKECL5108-4010

Hercules has since contacted retailers and distributors to stop selling these models immediately, and the company and NHTSA are encouraging vehicles owners who may own these tires to check their serial numbers to determine if further action is needed. Consumers can contact Hercules at (888) 965-5795 for additional information, as the company will replace the tires free of charge.

Michelin Recalls 841k Tires – Tread Separations

Michelin Recalls 841k Tires – Tread Separations

On July 24, Michelin North America Inc. announced the voluntary recall of more than 841,000 tires – BF Goodrich Commercial T/A A/S and Uniroyal Laredo HD/H models for commercial light trucks – because of a defect that can lead to tread separation and loss. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, at least 799,900 of the tires involved in this recall were sold in the United States.

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Newsome Law Firm Wins $13.6 Mil. Verdict in Tread Separation Case

Newsome Law Firm Wins $13.6 Mil. Verdict in Tread Separation Case

On October 13, 2011, the Newsome Law Firm won a $13.6 million verdict for a client in a tire tread separation lawsuit.  The lawsuit followed a tragic accident in which a 45 year old woman was severely injured when her rear right tire suffered a tread separation on Interstate 75 in Florida, causing her vehicle to slide into the median where it rolled five times.  Despite wearing her seatbelt, the driver was rendered a quadriplegic.

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Firestone Recalls Popular Tires Over Separation Dangers

Firestone Recalls Popular Tires Over Separation Dangers

Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations, LLC (BATO) estimated last year that approximately 127,000 Firestone FR380 tires had been sold in the United States replacement market through June 2009, thusly adding these tires to the company’s recent recall at the time. The company also reported that there could have been even more that were distributed to the Canadian replacement market.

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Bridgestone recalls tires for fear of tread separation, auto accidents

Bridgestone recalls tires for fear of tread separation, auto accidents

Bridgestone America and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have announced a voluntary safety recall of more than 127,000 Firestone tires because they were produced with insufficient tread base gauge, according to a release by the NHTSA. The model tire affected by the recall is Firestone FR380, size P235/75R15, and they were manufactured between September 9, 2007, and August 2, 2008.

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