• Mar 21, 2011
Due to some apparently shoddy rubber, Continental and Ford are recalling 2008-2009 F-250 and F-350 pickup trucks equipped with certain tires. The issue lies with nearly 400,000 Continental tires that are susceptible to uneven wear and, in certain situations, can experience tread belt separation. If that occurs, the risk of an accident will rise substantially.

This recall affects trucks built from May 6th, 2007 through September 20th, 2008. Approximately 390,657 units are faulty and the specific tires in question are:
  • Continental Contitrac LT275/70R18 125/122S (outline white letters, black sidewall)
  • Continental Contitrac TR BSW LT275/70R18 125/122S (black sidewall)
  • Continental Contitrac TR OWL LT275/70R18 125/122S
Click past the jump to read the full NHTSA bulletin. And yes, we clearly are all reminded that this isn't the first foray Ford has had with not-so-great tires...

[Source: NHTSA via Consumer Reports]
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Report Date : March 21, 2011 at 04:31 PM
NHTSA Campaign ID number : 11T002000

Vehicle Make / Model: Model Year(s):
FORD / F-250 2008-2009
FORD / F-350 2008-2009

Tire Brand Name / Tire Line / Tire Size: Production Dates:
CONTINENTAL / CONTITRAC / LT275/70R18 125/122S MAY 06, 2007 - SEP 20, 2008
CONTINENTAL / CONTITRAC TR BSW / LT275/70R18 125/122S MAY 06, 2007 - SEP 20, 2008
CONTINENTAL / CONTITRAC TR OWL / LT275/70R18 125/122S MAY 06, 2007 - SEP 20, 2008


Manufacturer: CONTINENTAL TIRE THE AMERICAS, LLC. Mfr's Report Date: MAR 14, 2011
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 11T002000 NHTSA Action Number: N/A

Component: TIRES:TREAD/BELT
Potential Number of Units Affected: 390,657

Summary:
CONTINENTAL TIRE IS RECALLING CERTAIN CONTITRAC TR TIRES, SIZE LT275/70R18 125/122S OUTLINE WHITE LETTERS AND BLACK SIDEWALL, AND CONTITRAC, SIZE LT275/70R18 125/122S, BLACK SIDEWALL, PRODUCED FROM MAY 6, 2007, THROUGH SEPTEMBER 20, 2008, SOLD AS AFTERMARKET AND INSTALLED AS ORIGINAL EQUIPMENT ON SOME MODEL YEAR 2008 AND 2009 FORD F-250 AND F-350 TRUCKS. SOME OF THESE TIRES MAY EXPERIENCE UNEVEN WEAR, VIBRATION, OR PARTICULARLY UNDER CONDITIONS OF OVERLOADING OR UNDER INFLATION IN HIGH AMBIENT TEMPERATURE USAGE, SEPARATION BETWEEN THE BELT EDGES.

Consequence:
SEPARATION OF THE BELT EDGES COULD LEAD TO TREAD BELT SEPARATION, INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.

Remedy:
CONTINENTAL TIRE WILL NOTIFY OWNERS AND REPLACE THE AFFECTED TIRES FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING MARCH 2011. OWNERS MAY CONTACT CONTINENTAL CUSTOMER SERVICE TOLL-FREE AT 1-888-799-2168.

Notes:
OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV .


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      • 3 Years Ago
      The Firestone 500 tires of the '70s: I'm not sure, but I THINK it WAS bad tires.

      Explorer Firestone issue: NOT Firestone, DEFINITELY Ford's fault. Due to ride quality issues and also to mask a traction-based rollover potential, Ford specified unusually low tire pressures. Lower tires pressures give a softer ride AND limits cornering traction. Limiting cornering traction helps keep you from rolling over durring high performance/evasive maneuvers. Saturn, Subaru, and other manufacturers came to Firestone's defense saying they've had excellent results with their tires.

      Current Continentals: What air pressure does Ford recommend, depending upon the load that you are carrying? What other tires are used on these same trucks, and how have they fared?
      • 3 Years Ago
      german products are not what they used to be!!!
      Mercedes, BMW are slowly but surely losing the lead, only american and chinese status hungry still buy them until there is no more status left in them.
      For a tyre to separate even after 4 years is INEXCUSABLE!!!!!!!
      • 3 Years Ago
      I have seen several Fords on the dealer lots with Kumho tires on them.....yikes!
      • 3 Years Ago
      just get it over with and buy Michelin
        • 3 Years Ago
        That's what I thought about the conti DWS, but then I drove on them and experienced the car hopping violently over small bumps. then my gf sliced one clean open at the sidewall by barely rubbing a curb, which is when I found out how thin and weak the non-belted sidewall is....they almost had the perfect tire but its weaknesses are far too crippling.
        • 3 Years Ago
        ...if you want to pay more for no reason, then go for it.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I think I remember this song LOL!!! FORD AGAIN! I LOVE how the entire explorer "incident" was blamed on Firestones. Almost put them out of business. Im Glad GM and Subaru were smart enough to trust Firestones (making tires for nearly 100 years). Found out to be FORDS fault. Let me guess the same issues will continue happening to more and more ford pickup trucks even if the tires are from a different brand. Just as proved before... Its not the tire. Its the truck LOL. When I am in the market for a SUV/ Pickup there is no better route than GM. I have a 97' Tahoe 4x4 work truck W/283K miles and its STILL solid. I wish they would bring back their LIKE A ROCK slogan. Truer words have never been spoken.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Yeah, you have to be right. However, could you please explain to me how a HD truck, with load rated E tires (10-ply), can cause a tread separation. Please. I can't wait to hear this one.

        Continental had a bad batch of tires. It happens. Chances are good, if other brands use the same tire, they will have the same problem.

        BTW, I have one of the trucks in mention. However, I switched to the factory 20's. I had 7000 miles on the Conti's when I sold them with the wheels, and they were in fine shape. Oh, the inflation pressures on a HD tire, are dictated by what you are doing, be it towing, heavy hauling, or just driving. They are not dictated by a cushy ride.

        Oh, if you actually bothered to do any independent thinking, you would know that the Firestone tires on the Explorer were the main cause of the problem. This is what is known as deductive reasoning. The Explorer also ran other brands, from the factory, and they did not have the problem........... all running the same pressures. So, how do you explain that one, Einstein??

        Oh, and Autoblog, if you are going to run a recall article about factory 18" tires, it would be better not to show the truck with the factory 20's for the picture.
        • 3 Years Ago
        LOL whats funny is that I own a Toyota and a Audi. I dont even own a GM vehicle (currently). I had a 97' tahoe and it was an AMAZING vehicle. I do have Chevys and Toyotas in my fleet vehicles but i would NEVER buy a crappy ford
        • 3 Years Ago
        . . . are you serious?
        • 3 Years Ago
        Okay... You need to do your homework sweetie. FORD DID run ALL makes of tires on their explorers and ALL other brands of tires had the SAME reactions. not ALL blew out but ALL had dangerously high temperatures (which cause blow outs) and SOME tires DID blow out also. Just as the NAHSA said "these high temps. are very dangerous and are NOT a tire defect" citing that the cause was ford terrible suspension. Why do you think ford had to do a complete overhaul of their explorers ?? Also the tread seperation in ford trucks is caused by fords poor decision in the placement of their wheelbase. Trying to make their wheel bases as long as possible (for a smoother ride) yet its causing their tires and suspension to bare tremendous amounts of weight. and once the beds are loaded the weight of the truck far exceeds the limits of the tires as stated by the MFCR. THAT my dear is why i LOVE GM TRUCKS! GM is the ONLY mass production truck company that uses state of the art computer models to determine wheel base based on bed length and truck body weight. they also build their suspensions to hold up to 21,500lbs of weight. and not compromising the safety of their occupants to save a few bucks. Silverado is actually a BETTER truck than ford. ford just has the market cornered because of their better prices and ability to tow lots. ford is a good work truck but silverado is just better.
        lithiumcobalt
        • 3 Years Ago
        You are a dope. It was proven through the investigation that the recall had nothing to do with Ford. The Firestone tires in question were faulty due to shoddy manufacturing by disgruntled employees. Get over your hard-on about GM products. There's a reason they went bankrupt once. Ever heard the quote, "The only thing that runs on a Chevy is the owner's mouth" ? Truer words have never been spoken.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm curious where these were made. I know Continental is based in Germany but wonder where this model is actually manufactured.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Here we go again!!!
      • 3 Years Ago
      Buy Goodyear or another of the few U.S.-based tire manufacturers.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I got Continentals as standard equipment on my 2010 Nissan Dualis (Qashqai) in Australia.
      2 sidewall punctures in 12 months (first one running over a stick within 3 weeks of delivery) and one tear on the tread marking blocks.
      I am now running another brand with no issues.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Continental tires are horrible. They came stock on my Chevy Cobalt and after less than 2 years and 15,000 miles they had already lost most of their traction. I replaced them with a $300 set of no names made in China by Goodyear and they have already outlasted the Continentals.
        • 3 Years Ago
        TPC...look it up. It stands for Tire Performance Criterium, I don't know if Ford or Chrysler use it but it is used by GM. When the car, truck or SUV is in R and D it is determined what criteria are used for the tire for a specific unit. Ford does make a good truck, so does GM, if you are looking for a fair comparison look at this article and make your own judgement. http://news.pickuptrucks.com/2010/11/chevy-vs-ford-in-heavy-duty-rumble-in-the-rockies.html Lithium...had you done some more research you would know that Ford had the opportunitiy to finance their assets and allow them operating cash to keep them from needing bankruptcy...GM and Chrysler were never afforded this opportunity due to the bank meltdown and how billions of dollars mysteriously dissapeared. I won't bash Ford...they make an American product, I am a GM lover and salesman..whats good for the Big 3 is good for America and I hope that they get this issue resolved.
      • 3 Years Ago
      sorry, call me dumb for asking, but we are talking about tires that are on WORK trucks( the vast majority anyway), wouldnt these tires have been replaced ?? we are talking about almost 3-4 year old work trucks??
        • 3 Years Ago
        Probably why they're so willing to go along with a recall, unfortunately. It's cheaper just to wait until the tires aren't even around anymore and then proceed to recall it.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Better late than never.
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