Continental launches voluntary truck tyre recall
Continental AG has announced what it is calling a voluntary tyre exchange programme (as opposed to a recall) of approximately 12,000 truck tyres. The tyre in question is a 205/75R17.5 Conti Hybrid LS3, produced from calendar week 27 in 2014 to calendar week 26 in 2015. The product was mainly sold to original equipment manufacturers in Europe and – to a lesser degree – into the replacement market. Continental stressed that there have been no reports of accidents or injuries.
According to the tyre manufacturer, the voluntary recall has been initiated because “in a few exceptional cases, the product showed sudden pressure loss before being put into service”. The relevant Conti Hybrid steer tyre of size 205/75R17.5 shows the DOT serial numbers HW96 F7T9 2714 to 2615. Customers can identify the tyres by this lettering on the sidewall.
Conti says that it has notified the responsible national authorities of the details of the voluntary tyre exchange and is in “close communication” with the respective original equipment customers as well as with its tyre distributors and dealers to identify replacement customers who purchased potentially affected tyres. Owners will be promptly notified and informed about the details of the voluntary programme. Replacement tyres and their installation are free of charge for the customer.
Consumers seeking more information, including instructions for identifying affected tyres as well as obtaining replacement tyres, can find this at http://continental-truck-tyres.com/exchange
Earlier in July Continental recalled some 3,800 ContiProContact tyres sold in the US due to the risk of tread separation. Continental said the recall relates to P205/65 R15 95T XL tyres manufactured in February 2015.