In December 2013, Michelin issued a national recall on its LTX M/S tires due to concerns that these tires were susceptible to tread separation. According to Michelin officials, starting on Monday January 6, 2014, their representatives will be reaching out to motor vehicle owners (via phone, email and/or letters) who may have these recalled tires on their vehicles to inform them of what they should do to go about getting these tires replaced. Reportedly, this Michelin tire recall will affect between 1.2 and 1.3 million tires in the U.S.
While these recalled tires were installed as the stock tires on a number of different Ford model vehicles, they have also been used extensively as replacement tires on a number of different makes and models of vehicles, including those that are:
- Light-weight commercial trucks
- Certain types of recreational vehicles (RVs)
- Larger pickup trucks
- Heavy-duty vans.
Although Michelin representatives have stated that, to date, there have been no injuries or deaths reportedly associated with these defective tires, they have explained that the significant risk of tread separation could cause:
- The rapid loss of air from tires
- Tire blowouts
- Drivers to lose control of their vehicles while driving.
This, in turn, could lead to serious motor vehicle accidents and injuries, particularly if tire blowouts occur on heavier vehicles going at higher speeds on busier roadways.
What To Do If You Have Recalled Michelin Tires
If you have these recalled Michelin tires on any of your vehicles, you are instructed to:
- Contact either Michelin customer service representatives (by calling 800-231-5890) or officials at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (by calling 888-327-4236) to learn more about this recall.
- Take your vehicle into an authorized auto repair shop to have your recalled tires replaced at no cost to you.
Centennial Car Accident Attorneys
If you have been injured in or have lost a loved one in a truck accident, car accident or in any type of traffic accident that may have been caused by defective tires (or any vehicle equipment defect), you are encouraged to consult with the motor vehicle accident lawyers at the Law Office of Mike Hulen, PC. Meeting with one of our esteemed attorneys as soon as your health is stabilized can ensure that you ultimately have the strongest case possible, as waiting will start immediately running out the statute of limitations for your case and could even result in the loss of critical evidence.
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