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841,000 BFG and Uniroyal tires are recalled

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Michelin North America Inc. is voluntarily recalling approximately 841,000 BFGoodrich Commercial T/A A/S and Uniroyal Laredo HD/H tires in North America.

Two sizes of each tire are affected. They are typically found on commercial light trucks and full-sized heavy duty vans.

Approximately 799,900 of these tires were sold in the United States. The rest were sold in Canada or Mexico. No deaths or injuries have been reported in connection with the recalled tires.

This recall, which has been reported to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), is being taken because there is a risk to safety. A small number of the tires being recalled have experienced tread loss and/or rapid air loss, resulting from tread belt separation. This condition may increase the risk of a vehicle crash.

The customer return rate for tread and/or air loss was 0.017%, which equates to about 143 tires. However, any tire produced in the range of the recall could exhibit these conditions.

"We deeply apologize for the inconvenience to customers and dealers,” says Mike Wischhusen, technical director. “It's our responsibility to put safety first in this matter -- as we do in every aspect of our business -- and voluntarily recalling these tires is the right thing to do.”

The tires being recalled fall within the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) date ranges that appear on the tire sidewalls, as shown below:

BFGoodrich Commercial T/A A/S, LRE

Size                                     D.O.T. sequence   D.O.T. production period

1. LT235/85R16 120 Q     BF0R JD11            1310 to 2912

2. LT245/75R16 120 Q     BE11 JD11             1310 to 0312

                                              BF11 JD11              1311 to 5211

Uniroyal Laredo HD/H, LRE

1. LT235/85R16 120 Q      BF0R JDUU           1310 to 2912

2. LT245/75R16 120 Q      BE11 JDUU            1310 to 0312

                                               BF11 JDUU             1311 to 5211

The D.O.T. production period dates are represented by four numbers, with the first two digits denoting the week, and the last two digits representing the year.

The affected tires were manufactured beginning in April of 2010 and are no longer being produced.

None of the recalled tires were fitted as original equipment on new vehicles and were sold only as new replacement tires.

Owners of the affected tires should take their vehicles to an authorized dealer where the tires will be replaced at no charge.

For additional information on this recall, visit either of the following links:

www.bfgoodrichtires.com/voluntarysafetyrecall, or

www.uniroyaltires.com/voluntarysafetyrecall.

Owners also can call Consumer Care at (800) 637-5527 between the
hours of 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. EST Monday through Friday, and 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. EST Saturday.

For more information, click on the NHTSA Campaign ID Number for this recall: 12T019.

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