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8/28/2012 - Tiremaker Michelin voluntarily recalls two models


Michelin is recalling some tire models.

Michelin has announced that it is recalling more than 800,000 tires made under the BFGoodrich and Uniroyal umbrellas because the tread may separate from the rest of the tire, resulting in an elevated risk of an auto accident and potential auto insurance claim.

The two models are the BFGoodrich commercial tires LT 235/85 and LT245/75 and UNIROYAL Laredo tires LT 235/85 and LT245/75. The recall only affects tires made between April 2010 and July 2012 that follow specific DOT Codes, which are printed on the side of the tires.

The company says that the tire sizes are generally found on commercial trucks or large vans, but they also may have been placed on standard personal vehicles as replacement tires also.

"We constantly monitor our products performance in the field and it was our own internal quality systems that caught this issue," Michelin's technical director, Mike Wischhusen, told The Associated Press. "We caught it very early, based on a very small number of returns."

For information on this recall and see the affected DOT Codes, consumers can visit www.bfgoodrichtires.com/voluntarysafetyrecall and www.uniroyaltires.com/voluntarysafetyrecall. For information on all vehicle safety recalls, visit the "Safety Recall" section of www.safercar.gov.

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