Japanese carmaker Mazda has said it is recalling 2.2 million cars worldwide because of a defect in their tailgates. The recall affects about 400,000 cars in Japan and 1.8 million sold on export markets.
The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) and Motor Codes, has launched a Vehicle Safety Recall search tool, which operates using the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). The idea is that car owners and buyers can check if their vehicle is subject to an outstanding safety recall.
The UK automotive sector, led by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) and Motor Codes, has launched a new consumer-facing web portal to enable motorists to identify if their vehicle is on a safety recall list. Customers will also be directed to their nearest dealer so that any necessary remedial work can be carried out as quickly as possible.
Recalls of motor vehicles models posing a serious safety risk are at their highest since 2010, according to an analysis by international law firm Pinsent Masons. Research conducted by the firm found that in 2014, 195 recalls for motor vehicle models were issued, more than at any point in the last five years.
Alliance Tire Group’s Alliance Tire Americas division is recalling certain Alliance 396 agricultural equipment tyres due to a deflation risk. The tyres in question, which are size 445/65 R22.5, were manufactured between 22 April 2013 to 23 November 2014. Some other 600/50 R22.5 products, which were manufactured between 27 May 2013 and 2 November 2014 […]
Continental Tire the Americas has recalled close to 6,000 ProContact GX SSR MOE tyres, size 225/45R18 95H XL that were manufactured between 22 June and 28 July 2014. The tyres, which were supplied to Daimler as an original equipment fitment on 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class vehicles in North America, may have been deformed during the curing process, and this could cause the tyre tread to appear distorted when inflated. Continental notes that tyres that were deformed during the curing process may suddenly fail during use, increasing the risk of a crash.
It is believed that up to 175,000 Toyo and Nitto brand tyres are subject to a recall notice issued in the USA. The recalls, respectively announced by Nitto Tire USA and Toyo Tire USA on 25 and 26 November, cover particular tyre models produced at Toyo’s Sendai and Kuwana factories in Japan. The tyre are being recalled as “production variances in the belt package” have been detected in a small number of tyres, and this has the potential to lead to a separation of the tread and belt and/or a loss of inflation pressure.
Crysler Group LLC is recalling 21,042 2014-model year Ram ProMaster vehicles in the US due to a Tyre Press Monitoring System (TPMS) fault. The problem is that in the affected vehicles, the TPMS may fail to learn the locations of the individual sensors while the vehicle is being driven. As a result, the low tyre pressure warning light will light-up irrespective of the tyre pressure.
Approximately 170,000 Continental brand motorcycle tyres are covered by a voluntary tyre exchange programme that Continental has introduced after receiving market feedback about a number of size 120/70 ZR 17 and 120/70 R 17 tyres; these tyres, explains Continental, have exhibited a condition in the tread and/or belt which may lead to separation and possible air loss. The tyre maker says only a very small number of incidents have been reported and it has not received any reports of accidents or injuries in connection with this condition. It adds that the exchange programme is being initiated to avoid any potential risk to road-users.
Slovenian tyre producer Savatech has recalled its Sport Force radial motorcycle tyres. The tyres, which were sold to customers mostly in Europe, may develop a bulge in the tread during sustained high speed riding. This could cause vibration and, in the most extreme of cases, some of the tread may become detached. Savatech clarified that the problem has only been simulated in controlled and the most severe of conditions. The Sport Force recall is pre-emptive.
The latest annual results from Bridgestone Corporation show a rise in sales, operating income and net income, although the latter was pared back by fines linked to antitrust cases and the cost of product recalls during the year, including the 1.2 million tyre recall announced in Japan in November 2013. The company also anticipates that sales and operating income will further increase in 2014.
Michelin North America will soon begin recalling around 1.3 million light commercial vehicle tyres. The tyre maker says the recall of certain Michelin LTX M/S fitments was decided upon as due to the increasing number of tread loss and/or rapid air loss incidents reports it has received. The recall is expected to begin on 6 January 2014.
The 1.2 million tyre recall Bridgestone announced in Japan also affects some markets in the Americas, albeit on a much smaller scale. On 8 November Bridgestone Americas announced a voluntary recall of approximately 2,600 Tochigi-produced truck and bus tyres that were sold in Guam, Canada, Mexico, Central and South America. The tyre maker says it has received no “field complaints of adjustments” regarding the defect in the Americas, nor has there been any report of property damage, accidents, injuries, or deaths.
Bridgestone Corporation has published a notice on its Japanese website regarding the company’s largest tyre recall since tyres first became subject to product recalling in Japan almost ten years ago. The recall covers 1,204,707 truck and bus tyres produced at Bridgestone’s Tochigi plant between January 2012 and August 2013.