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Recall Alert : Trans Texas Tire

March 26, 2019 NHTSA Campaign Number: 19T003000
Tire Sidewalls Incorrectly Labeled

The incorrect PLY and PSI markings may result in underinflating or overloading the tires, increasing the risk of crash.

NHTSA Campaign Number: 19T003000

Manufacturer Trans Texas Tire

Components TIRES

Potential Number of Units Affected 560

Summary

Trans Texas Tire (TTT) is recalling certain Contender 5.70-8 tires sold exclusively through Discount Tire stores. The tire sidewalls are incorrectly labeled, in that each side of the tire may state different PLY and PSI markings. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of 49 CFR Part 574, "Tire Identification & Recordkeeping."

Remedy

TTT will notify owners, and dealers will replace the tires with tires that have the correct sidewall markings, free of charge. The recall will begin in May 2019. Owners may contact Trans Texas Tire customer service at 1-903-572-0267.
 

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Recall Alert : Toyo Tire

April 22, 2019 NHTSA Campaign Number: 19T004000
Sections of Tire Tread May Detach

Sections of tread detaching can cause the tire to lose pressure, increasing the risk of crash.

NHTSA Campaign Number: 19T004000

Manufacturer Toyo Tire Holdings Of Americas Inc.

Components TIRES

Potential Number of Units Affected 2,169

Summary


Toyo Tire Holdings Of Americas Inc. (Toyo) is recalling certain Proxes A27 tires, size P185/60R16 86H, produced from September 21, 2018 through September 25, 2018 (DOT dates codes 3718 and 3818). Prototype rubber compound was mixed with production compound, which may result in sections of the tire tread detaching.

Remedy

Toyo will notify owners, and dealers will replace the tires, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in May 2019. Owners may contact Toyo customer service at 1-800-442-8696.
 

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Michelin Introduce Puncture Proof Airless Tire

Jun 6, 2019


Michelin's new Unique Puncture-Proof Tire System (Uptis) does away with one of the defining aspects of tires as we've known them for more than 100 years: the air inside. Unlike past attempts at airless tires, Uptis functions the way other modern tires do and, Michelin claims, will provide a similar driving experience.

Unveiled at the company's sustainable-mobility-focused Movin'On Summit in Montreal today, Uptis is a tire without a traditional sidewall that carries its load by the top thanks to a new resin-embedded fiberglass material that Michelin was granted over 50 patents for.
"The idea was to develop a technology that was strong enough to carry the load but light enough to replace the air," Cyrille Roget, technical and scientific communication director for the Michelin Group, told Car and Driver. "If you have a load on the tire and you cut all the spokes at the bottom, you will see that nothing will change, demonstrating that the load is carried by the top of it, not by the under parts." Other airless tires, he said, often carry the load at the bottom of the tire, which is very inefficient and causes extra heating due to compression.

Uptis is not Michelin's first airless concept tire. It builds on the Vision concept that was introduced at the 2017 summit meeting. That concept had four main components: it was airless, connected, could be 3D printed (or have a rechargeable tread pattern), and was 100 percent sustainable. Uptis tackles the first of those problems as part of what Roget called a "step by step" process to the tire of the future.

Michelin will test Uptis in the real world with General Motors. GM will outfit a fleet of its Chevrolet Bolt EV hatchbacks with the concept tires for road tests in Michigan later this year. Both companies said Uptis-style tires could be found on production passenger vehicles as early as 2024.

"We're focusing initially on electric vehicles because we think it fits very well with the zero-zero-zero vision," said Steven Kiefer, senior vice president of global purchasing and supply chain at General Motors, referring to the company's "zero crashes, zero emissions, zero congestion" mission. "The Bolt EV and our next-generation BEV are really the platform for that, so it's the logical first place."

The Uptis concept tires have a maximum speed of 130 miles per hour and a max load of 1102 pounds. Different versions with different specs and driving characteristics will be possible, Roget said. That's the kind of work Michelin will do with GM to figure out the right structure and number of spokes, which type of rubber to put on the outside, and how to embed the fiberglass in the tire depending on the vehicle application. No matter how the Uptis ends up, it will be more stable than other tires, he said.

"Whatever the temperature, the profile of the tire will be exactly the same," Kiefer said. "So it's a very stable solution. No pressure check, no pressure adjustment."

Theoretically, the tread life for the Uptis is the same as a standard tire, Roget said, but in the real world it will be longer because drivers who use it will not be driving around on improperly inflated tires. "You always have the right pressure, so the tire will have a longer life," he said.
 

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Common and Uncommon Tire Hazards

Common and Uncommon Tire Hazards

June 18, 2019

Consumers with flat tires may be surprised to find they were stopped in their tracks by a spoon. Or wrench. Or pair of pliers. But finding kitchen utensils and tools in flat tires is not a surprise to automotive service technicians.

According to a new national survey conducted by Auto Service Professional, a sister publication of Modern Tire Dealer, there are a lot of potential hazards likely to damage tires if drivers are not careful about their surroundings. A spoon is just one of the more unusual threats.


"The four tires on your vehicle are the only parts to come in contact with and keep you connected to the road," says Jess Egerton, director of brand development at Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. Cooper commissioned the study in order to better understand the road hazards that automotive technicians see on a daily basis in their shops.

"That’s why, for safety and performance reasons, you have to properly care for, maintain and inspect them.”

According to the study, some of the most common causes of tire damage are running over something, like a curb (72%), nails (70%) and potholes (39%). Other common causes of tire damage are more easily preventable, such as driving with bald tires (48%) and driving on a tire with low air pressure (44%). Checking tire pressure, rotating tires and paying attention to the Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) light are the top tips from auto service professionals on proper tire maintenance.

And the one location drivers probably most want to avoid when driving? Construction zones, which are a big cause of so many tires being punctured by spikes, wrenches, screwdrivers and pliers.

In summer, under-inflated tires are the most common offender (88%). They lead to overheating, which in turn leads to tire damage. In the winter, the top two sources of tire damage are potholes (72%) and unseen hazards such as cracks in the pavement hidden under that fresh blanket of snow (59%).

When asked, "When you see a damaged tire, of the following which are typically the most common causes?" technicians responding to the survey answered as follows:
72% tire ran over something
70% nails
48% tire was worn out/no tread left/cords showing
44% driven with low air pressure
39% potholes
35% hit a curb
17% debris dropped from trucks or other vehicles
11% running off side of road
10% construction zones
9% dated infrastructure (worn, needs repair)
9% hit parking lot divider
7% rocks
6% glass
6% stones
5% weather-related
3% wood
3% difficult terrain (cobblestones, off-road driving
3% Other

Tips for drivers

Nearly 100 million Americans are expected to have taken a family vacation by year’s end, according to a recent AAA Travel survey, with upcoming spring and summer road trips topping many of their plans. Here are some of the tips you and your service technicians can pass along to your customers:

* Check tire inflation on a regular basis. Operating a vehicle with even just one tire under-inflated by 8 psi can reduce the life of a tire by 9,000 miles and increase fuel consumption by 4%, says Cooper.

2. Replace tires when worn to 2/32 inches tread depth anywhere on the tread face.

3. Visually check tires for things like missing valve caps, uneven tread wear and any foreign objects that could spell serious problems should they become even more deeply embedded while driving.

As for finding a spoon in a tire, here are more unusual hazards technicians listed in the 2019 Enemies of the Road Study: pieces of toys, porcupine quill, turtle shell and pork chop bones.

“Auto service professionals have pulled a lot of unusual things out of tires over the years,” says Greg Smith, publisher of Auto Service Professional, or ASP for short. “But, really, it might surprise people to know that a lot of tire damage is simply due to poor maintenance and wear and tear.”

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Recall Alert : Cooper Tire & Rubber Co.

June 5, 2019 NHTSA Campaign Number: 19T005000
Parting of Lower Sidewall


The distortion may cause parting of the lower sidewall compounds extending to the cord material, increasing the risk of tire failure and a crash.

NHTSA Campaign Number: 19T005000

Manufacturer Cooper Tire & Rubber Co.

Components TIRES

Potential Number of Units Affected 24,459

Summary

Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. (Cooper Tire) is recalling certain size 235/65R18 Cooper Discoverer SRX, Evolution H/T, Discoverer HTP, Adventurer H/T CUV, Big O Big Foot A/S, Les Schwab Back Country QS3 Touring HT, and Mastercraft Courser HSX Tour tires. The tires may have been improperly manufactured with a ply cord distortion. For a full list of the Tire Identification Numbers (TIN) visit: https://static.nhtsa.gov/odi/rcl/2019/RCLRPT-19T005-5639.pdf

Remedy


Cooper Tire has notified owners, and dealers will replace the tires, free of charge. The recall began June 14, 2019. Owners may contact Cooper Tire customer service at 1-800-854-6288. Cooper Tire's number for this recall is 172.
 

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Automotive Tire News

RECALL ALERT!

RECALL Subject : Improper Adhesion on Belt Package

Report Receipt Date: OCT 05, 2016
NHTSA Campaign Number: 16T016000
Component(s): TIRES
Potential Number of Units Affected: 14,567


Manufacturer: Continental Tire the Americas, LLC.

SUMMARY:
Continental Tire the Americas, LLC (Continental) is recalling certain Crosscontact LX20 tires, size P275/55R20 111S, manufactured May 3, 2015, to May 9, 2015. The tires, sold as replacement tires as well as original equipment on certain General Motors full size trucks and SUVs, may have insufficient adhesion within the belt package, resulting in tread wear, vibration, noise, or bulging areas on the tire.
CONSEQUENCE:
The insufficient adhesion can cause partial or full tread/belt loss, increasing the risk of a crash.
REMEDY:
Continental will notify owners, and dealers will replace the tires, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Continental customer service at 1-888-799-2168.
Goodyear Will Increase Tire Prices

Goodyear Will Increase Tire Prices Effective Feb. 1

Posted on January 6, 2017


Escalating raw material costs have taken their toll on Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. So the tire manufacturer has decided to do something about it.

Goodyear will increase prices up to 8% on all its consumer, commercial and OTR tire brands. The increases will go into effect beginning Feb. 1, 2017.



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August 23, 2019 NHTSA Campaign Number: 19T006000
Tire Sidewall May Fail
A sidewall failure may cause the tire to rapidly deflate, increasing the risk of a crash.


NHTSA Campaign Number: 19T006000

Manufacturer Cooper Tire & Rubber Co.

Components TIRES

Potential Number of Units Affected 4,045

Summary

Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. (Cooper Tire) is recalling certain Roadmaster RM852 EM tires, size 295/75R22.5, with DOT date codes 4618 through 4818. The innerliner gauge may be too thin, allowing the tire sidewall to fail.

Remedy

Cooper Tire has notified owners, and dealers will inspect and, if necessary, replace the tires, free of charge. The recall began August 30, 2019. Owners may contact Cooper Tire customer service at 1-800-854-6288. Cooper Tire's number for this recall is 173.
 

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Yokohama Avid gets 2020 Chrysler Voyager OE fitment

October 24, 2019


SANTA ANA, Cailf. — Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has selected the Yokohama Avid S34RV all-season radial as an OE fitment on the 2020 Chrysler Voyager minivan, the more entry-level version of the Pacifica in Chrysler's minivan lineup.
The fitment covers the North American market, including Canada and Mexico, in size 235/65R17 104T, according to Yokohama Tire Corp. (YTC).
"We're proud of this new fitment and our long history as being an original equipment supplier to FCA," Andrew Zeisser, YTC's vice president of OE sales.

The Avid S34RV is built with Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd.'s BluEarth reduced rolling-resistance technology.

Designed with budget-friendly family and fleet customers in mind, the Voyager offers seven-passenger seating, mobility innovations to ensure superior maneuverability and improved ease of entry and exit for wheelchair users.
The Voyager replaces the Pacifica L and LX models to now offer three value-add models – L, LX and LXi (fleet only).
This fitment extends YTC's OE relationship with FCA. The Avid S34RV also is OE on the Chrysler Pacifica, and Yokohama's Geolander tires are OE on the Ram 1500, Jeep Compass and Jeep Cherokee.

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NHTSA Recall ID Number :​
19T008
Synopsis :​

NHTSA Recall ID Number :​
19T008
Synopsis :​
Sumitomo Rubber Industries, Ltd. (Sumitomo) is recalling certain Falken ZIEX CT50 A/S tires, size P255/50R20 104V, having date code 1619, Dunlop SP Sport 5000 tires, size 215/45R18 89W, having date code 0919, and Goodyear Eagle LS2 tires size P215/50R17 90V, having date code 0619.

An incorrect rubber compound may have been used in manufacturing, which may allow sections near the tread surface to become partially detached. A detached tread can decrease vehicle stability thereby increasing the risk of a crash. Goodyear Eagle LS2 tires size P215/50R17 90V, having date code 0619 have been recovered from dealer inventory before sold to consumers. Sumitomo will notify owners and dealers of the remaining recalled Falken ZIEX CT50 A/S tires, size P255/50R20 104V, having date code 1619, and Dunlop SP Sport 5000 tires, size 215/45R18 89W, having date code 0919. Dealers will replace the tires, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin December 6, 2019. Owners may contact Sumitomo customer service at 1-800-845-8378.

 
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