Quality Control Systems Corp. has filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit in federal District Court to obtain secret data about deaths and injuries held by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). R.A. Whitfield, the company’s director, said that the public needs access to the Early Warning Reports collected under the Transportation Recall Enhancement Accountability and Documentation (TREAD) Act to better understand why so many deaths and injuries related to tire failures in the Ford Explorer have continued long after the well-known tyre recalls that affected the vehicle.
The TREAD Act was passed in October 2000 in response to Ford Explorer- Firestone tyre-related rollover deaths in the U.S. and Ford’s overseas recalls. TREAD amended federal transportation law to require vehicle and equipment manufacturers to report safety recalls or campaigns on vehicles and components in a foreign country if they also sold substantially similar products in the U.S. It also mandated NHTSA to create regulations governing quarterly Early Warning Reports — information on property damage and warranty claims, consumer, dealer and field reports, production numbers and deaths and injuries collected by manufacturers — with the intent of using the data to spot defect trends.
(Akron/Tire Review) Pasadena lawyer Joseph Lisoni has filed two new lawsuits against Bridgestone/Firestone North American Tire, continuing his nearly four-year-old battle against the tyremaker. The new lawsuits, filed in US District Court in California, allege defects in BFNAT’s Firestone Firehawk, as well as previously recalled Firestone Wilderness and ATX lines. Lisoni is seeking the immediate recall of those tyres.
(Akron/Tire Review) Bridgestone/Firestone North American Tire has again undertaken a recall of certain Firestone Radial ATX, Radial ATX II and Wilderness AT tyres in size P235/75R15 and Wilderness AT tyres in sizes P255/70R16. These tyres were originally recalled in August 2000 and October 2001 as part of the massive tyre recall in connection with Ford Motor Co. SUV and light trucks.
Kumho Tire is to voluntarily recall 78,321 light truck tyres sold in the North American market due to blisters on sidewalls. The tyres to be recalled are nine types of product under the Venture HT 824 and Venture AT KL78 series. They were manufactured in Kumho Tire’s factory in Nanjing, China, exclusively for the U.S. and Canadian markets.
(Akron/Tire Review) Sean E. Kane, president of Safety Research & Strategies, is calling for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to investigate the effectiveness of Firestone ATX and Wilderness AT consumer replacement programs in 2000 and 2001 and launch another consumer notification programme.
(Akron/Tire Review) Bridgestone/Firestone North American Tire (BFNAT) is recalling a handful of Firestone brand tyres due to possible innerliner damage. Only 10 Firestone Destination A/T tyres, in size P265/75R16, are being recalled. The tyres were produced between 29 January and 4 February this year. BFNAT said one of the machines used to produce the tyres was improperly set up, leaving a small area of the inside of the tyre with inadequate innerliner coverage.
Michelin is recalling its Michelin Pilot Sport Extra Load tyres in size 255/35 ZR 20 97Y. According to an official statement, “this decision results from the analysis of customer returns in Europe, which has revealed an anomaly that in certain cases may lead to a rapid loss of air pressure in the tyre. This situation constitutes a potential safety risk.” The manufacturer says it will therefore exchange all of the tyres in question.
As a precautionary measure Michelin has decided to exchange all the subject tyres. UK readers wishing to query Michelin further can phone the following number: 0800 056 7200. Callers in the Republic of Ireland should dial 01 459 5955.
Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co has introduced a completely new product. It’s not a tyre; in fact, it’s not even made out of rubber. It is a one-of-a-kind collectible basketball jersey that recalls its sports heritage and honours a basketball legend. In 1964, Akron’s Goodyear Wingfoots – a basketball team of Goodyear associates playing in the National Amateur Athletic Union Basketball League – won the AAU National Championship. One of the players on that team went on to become an Olympic gold medallist, an all-star professional player, a championship coach at both the college and professional levels and a member of basketball’s Hall of Fame: New York Knicks head coach Larry Brown.
Cooper Tire is recalling several models of tyres in the US according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
There is a concern that the tyres affected could lose air pressure causing them to run under-inflated and to wear prematurely says an American news source.
Up to 50,000 of its tyres may be unsafe says the NHTSA. The recall effects the following tyres: Trendsetter SE, Mastercraft A/S IV, Dean Alpha 365 A/S and Starfire Flite-Line IV Tires sizes P195/70R14 AND P185/65R14.
Cooper is offering to replace the affected tyres, which were manufactured between 21November 2004 and 14May 2005, free of charge.
Bridgestone is to recall some 500,000 tyre valve cores used in its tyres due to a pressure leak problem. The manufacturer reports that it has informed the Japanese Ministry of Land Infrastructure of its plans to recall the valve cores which were made by Asahi Metal, and produced between October 2004 and May 2005.Bridgestone said it has received reports of 20 cases of malfunction in Japan relating to the valve cores but no accidents. The affected tyres are only said to be available in Japan.
Yokohama Tire Corp. is recalling 69 Yokohama brand medium truck tyres because of shoulder area compound problems, Tire Review has reported. The company said the defective tyres contain a “non-specified compound in the shoulder area of the tyre” and “during extended running, the shoulder area of the tyre could lift, resulting in degraded ride and handling” and potentially a tread separation.
Michelin North America has announced that it is voluntarily recalling 20,000 of its BFGoodrich Land Terrain P235/75R15 size tyres, according to a Tire Review report. The tyre are being recalled after a routine quality inspection process found that the affected tyres were produced with the required tread wear indicators. MNA said there is no performance problems with the tyres, which are primarily sold through Wal-Mart and Canadian Tire stores, the magazine reported. The recalled tyres all have the following DOT code: AN HL B411 and end with the last four digits 0904 through 3304 and mould numbers: 40381 and 40382.
At the end of September Michelin Tire North America announced that it has recalled 46,000 passenger car and light trucks. Now the company is extending that recall to include the other markets that the tyres were supplied to.
Deja vu for Bridgestone as the company recalls some Steeltex tyres including 297,000 tyres on Ford Excursion sport-utility vehicles following at least five fatalities. The Steeltex Radial A/T tyres were made at a factory in Joliette, Quebec, from March 1999 through December 2002, the tyremaker said. The tyres will be replaced without charge, Firestone said. The Steeltex tyres fail “in a situation where the vehicle is overloaded or the tyre is way under-inflated,” Firestone spokesman Dan MacDonald said. One of the fatal accidents involved a vehicle hauling a trailer that lost control, while in another the sport-utility vehicle was loaded with 1,500 pounds of bottled water, he said. The NHTSA twice previously investigated Steeltex tyres without finding any defects.