Michelin North America Inc. is recalling one pallet of tires from a European distribution center because they lack the required U.S. Department of Transportation markings on the sidewall.
The affected tires, Michelin CrossClimate+ tires in size 225/60R16 103V XL, were produced during the week of Nov. 18-Nov. 24, 2018.
All of the tires are marked with this Tire Identification Number: HC (plant ID), XH (size code) 03CX (optional code) and 4618 (date code.) The tires don’t have the required DOT certification symbol before the TIN, and they’re not marked with the required UTQG treadwear, traction or temperature gradings.
Michelin says the error occurred in a European distribution center and was contained to a single pallet of tires. The pallet was marked for the European market, but erroneously labeled and accepted at a distribution center that ships to the U.S.
The tiremaker says it was initially alerted to the mistake in September 2019 by Tire Rack, which had identified 15 tires without the correct markings. The company has since located another five tires, leaving 12 non-compliant tires still present in the U.S.
Dealers will be notified beginning Jan. 15, and Michelin will notify owners, and dealers will replace the tires, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin Jan. 30, 2020. Owners may contact Michelin customer service at 1-866-324-2835.