WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Goodyear Tire Company announced a recall for several thousand of its Forteral HL crossover-style tires. The recall notes that the tread on the defective tires could separate from the main part of the tire. Any tire malfunction, but especially when the tread comes apart from the wall of the tire, could cause a horrific and deadly accident. To this point, Goodyear claims that the company is unaware of any accidents caused by tread separation, according to an article appearing on the website tirebusiness.com. Despite having produced several thousand defective and possibly deadly tires, Goodyear has not instituted its recall. Instead, the company will wait until March 23, 2020, to being servicing recalled tires.
The latest Goodyear recall campaign involves 3,721 Forteral HL tires manufactured during November of 2019. The renowned tire company stated that the company produced defective tires at its manufacturing facility located in Napanee, Ontario, Canada. Goodyear said that the tires affected by this recall are size P255/65R18 109S. Consumers can identify the recalled tires by the sidewall markings on the tire. The recalled tires bear the markings 4B XM ARDR, along with the series of numbers 4419 or 4519. The “19” connotes the year in which the company produced the tire, and the 44 or 45 indicates the week of the year in 2019 Goodyear made the tire.
Goodyear tacitly admitted that it made the recalled tires wrong. The company said the tires “may have been built incorrectly,” according to tirebusiness.com. Goodyear explained further that the defect happened because a tire machine malfunctioned, and consequently, the machine produced tread widths that exceeded specifications.
Goodyear said it would offer new tires in exchange for the defective tires, but not until March 23. The company did not explain why it will wait for at least one month before it could start issuing replacement tires for the recalled tires.
Goodyear recalled its Forteral in years past. In 2015, the tire giant recalled nearly 50,000 tires because of cracking in the treads that surfaced during routine testing.
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