Bridgestone Recalls 10,380 Firestone Transforce HT and AT Tires
Bridgestone Americas Inc. and Bridgestone Canada Inc. are recalling 10,380 Firestone Transforce HT and AT tires in size LT275/70R18 due to a possible problem with the inner liner rubber compound.
The tires were manufactured between May 2, 2021 and May 8, 2021. The tires were supplied to Stellantis as original equipment for installation on 2021-2022 RAM 2500 and RAM 3500 vehicles, and also were sold through the Bridgestone's company-owned stores, as well as retailers, dealers and distributors in the replacement market in the U.S. and Canada.
The recall includes these tires:
- Firestone Transforce HT in size LT275/70R18 with DOT Tire Identification Number VN 15 TH7 1821,
- Firestone Transforce AT in size LT275/70R18 with DOT Tire Identification Number VN 15 TR9 1821.
Bridgestone says there are no known accidents or injuries involving the tires. But the tiremaker says they weren't manufactured according to specification and could pose a safety risk. The company has notified regulatory agencies in the U.S. and Canada.
Specifically, Bridgestone says the tires may have been made with an incorrect inner liner rubber compound. This may result in increased air permeability and/or inner liner cracking. Increased permeability and/or cracking could allow air and moisture to migrate through the inner liner, into the tire’s carcass and eventually to the belt edges, which could lead to belt edge separations later in the tires’ service life. If undetected, belt edge separations could progress to belt detachments, potentially leading to loss of vehicle control and an increased risk of a crash.
Bridgestone estimates approximately 5% of all recalled tires have the affected condition, but the company extended the scope of the recall to include all potentially affected tires within the date code ranges.
All known customers, distributors and dealers will receive notification of the recall.
Owners may take their vehicle to a Bridgestone company-owned retail store or a Bridgestone/Firestone authorized retail location for inspection to determine if they have a tire included in this recall. Bridgestone will replace affected tires with a comparable Bridgestone or Firestone brand tire or other suitable replacement at no charge to customers.