Michelin North America has issued a recall of 1.3 million of its LTX M/S tire, produced from January 2010 to June 2012 at its Nova Scotia plant, size LT225/75R16 115/112R LRE. A "tread/belt endurance" issue lead could to tread separation, tread loss or rapid air loss. Despite the massive number of tires recalled, the number of reported incidents appears to be small, with fewer than 200 US customers reported to have returned tires due to the issue, and Michelin says it has received 20 property damage claims but no reports of injury or death.
Fully 1.2-million of the affected tires were sold in the US, with most of those being installed on larger vehicles, including some 2010-2013 Ford E-Series vans. Other typical fitments include full-size heavy duty vans, light-duty commercial trucks, large pickups and small RVs.

Michelin says it will notify owners by early next month with a letter that explains how to get replacement tires and reimbursement. You'll find the notice from Michelin below, or click to Michelin's recall page to find a tire dealer in your area.
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MICHELIN ISSUES SAFETY RECALL FOR COMMERCIAL LIGHT TRUCK TIRES

Michelin is recalling one version of a specific size of the Michelin LTX M/S tire. These tires are typically found on such vehicles as commercial light trucks, full-sized heavy duty vans, small RVs and some large pickup trucks.

The tires were produced between January 2010 and June 2012.

The tire version and size are: Michelin LTX M/S LT 225/75R16 115/112R LRE

The tires were fitted as original equipment on some new vehicles and were also sold as new replacement tires. Michelin is issuing the recall because a small number of the tires being recalled experienced tread loss and/or rapid air loss.

Michelin recommends removal of these tires as soon as possible. Owners of the affected tires should visit an authorized Michelin retail location as soon as possible to have the tires replaced at no charge.

If you have questions or concerns after visiting your Michelin dealer, please contact Michelin Consumer Care at 1-800-231-5893. Available 8am–8pm EST Monday–Friday; 8:30am–4:30pm EST Saturday–Sunday

To find out if a tire is affected by the recall: Determine if it matches the information below:

Tire Description / DOT Sequence / DOT Production Periods (Inclusive)
Michelin LTX M/S LT 225/75R16 115/112R LRE / B3JH AKEX / 0210 – 2512

If the information on the sidewall of your tires does not match these identifiers, it is not part of the recall.

If you have any questions concerning the tire's DOT information, please contact Michelin Consumer Care at 1–800–231–5893. Available 8am–8pm EST Monday–Friday; 8:30am–4:30pm EST Saturday–Sunday.

DOT sequence begins with B3JH AKEX and ends with a date code (2-digit week and 2-digit year) between 0210 and 2512 inclusive.


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      avanticrzy
      • 1 Year Ago
      Michelin still makes the best tires on the road................I applaud them for standing up....
      steves1709
      • 1 Year Ago
      Cooper and Goodyear still make tires in the USA.
        Boatnmaniac
        • 1 Year Ago
        @steves1709
        So do Michelin, BF Goodrich, Bridgestone, Firestone, Kelly, Dunlop and Yokohama. And you would be sadly mistaken if you think any of these companies, including Cooper and Goodyear, only sell USA made tires.
      AcidTonic
      • 1 Year Ago
      Michelin was always one of the higher tier manufacturers. I am very surprised by this.
        Cayman
        • 1 Year Ago
        @AcidTonic
        I'd say they are the highest tier manufacturer. And seeing that they are doing a recall of 1.3M tires over an issue that has affected less than .015% of tires would indicate to me that they are trying to stay there. No company is immune to manufacturing/design issues, but how you deal with those issues plays a key role in your reputation.
      Israel Isassi
      • 1 Year Ago
      the Michelin Man needs to spend less time eating donuts and focus more on quality.
        IVAN
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Israel Isassi
        Considering the total number of tires Michelin makes every year... This is only a small fraction of a percent. I would still buy these tires, as compared to those Chinese imports any day.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Israel Isassi
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      Allan Feldstein
      • 1 Year Ago
      Does this recall include tires sold/bought in Canada?
      meowntn
      • 1 Year Ago
      20 years, Larry? It was 2001 right before 9/11.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @meowntn
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      JimB
      • 1 Year Ago
      Thst is what we get for letting U.S. companies make their product over seas .......
        Chicks Dig You!
        • 1 Year Ago
        @JimB
        Jim, Nova Scotia isn't overseas ..... It's in Canada .... you can drive there. And unless you want to pay 800.00 for a new set of skins, reducing costs by outsourcing labor is necessary. We live in a global economy .... gonna' have to get used to that.
          bigcatdaddy
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Chicks Dig You!
          Apparently you do not have a truck or have not bought truck tires lately. A good set of truch tires will cost you over $800.00
          klstjs
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Chicks Dig You!
          you people do not do your homework very well because you can by good american made tires for a truck for a reasonable price and you need to realize that if we don't support american made products we will be putting ourselves out of work and the only reason you pay so much for a michelin tire is because you are paying for the name and the profits are going to big business bonuses so the rich get richer instead of paying an american worker a fair wage, we all need to wake up in this country and realize that we need to protect our country and the world for future generations and not allow the big corporations to cheat by using slave labor and pollute our world by going to other countries and abusing the system by cheating it!!!!!!!!
        • 1 Year Ago
        @JimB
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      Petrol
      • 1 Year Ago
      Most withstanding business model, the tire business.
      Klinkster
      • 1 Year Ago
      Tire separation....on a Ford? Why am I not surprised? Ford must buy the cheapest friggen tires possible. They still don't get it. Recalls kill conquest rates...and right now Ford isn't conquesting new customers from other makes. Sell your Ford shares. They end is nigh...
        axiomatik
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Klinkster
        Michelin is one of the most expensive tire brands on the market, certainly not the cheapest.
        merlot066
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Klinkster
        Conquest sales http://www.carscoops.com/2013/06/ford-hybrid-sales-in-first-five-months.html Conquest sales http://www.autoblog.com/2012/03/28/2013-ford-explorer-sport-presages-running-changes-for-entire-ran/ Conquest sales http://corporate.ford.com/news-center/press-releases-detail/ford-escape-sets-new-sales-record-for-small-utilities Tread separation is a manufacturing error. Work trucks don't need tires that excel in cornering grip or low rolling resistance. They need to last a decent amount of time and be cheap to replace. The E-Series was mentioned specifically but these tires are fitted on other cars as well. I'm sure there are GM and Ram vehicles which use these as OEM as well. Go ahead and sell your Ford shares, there will be more for the rest of us.
      The Friendly Grizzly
      Michelin could do what they often do: tell the customer that a regional manager has to approve the warranty claim. And that the regional manager will be in the area three weeks from next Thursday.
        IVAN
        • 1 Year Ago
        @The Friendly Grizzly
        And that is why you don't buy from the cheapest tire shop in town... In the Pacific Northwest, one can go to "Les Schwab's", and they will take care of all the paperwork. Done Deal. This company stands behind the brands they sell. And if there is a recall, or other issue with you tires, they take care of the problem.
        gregmlr
        • 1 Year Ago
        @The Friendly Grizzly
        Just experienced Michelin's policy first-hand when it comes to the warranty on their tires, and would never recommend their brand to anyone as a result.
      bullitt2605
      • 1 Year Ago
      This sounds familiar somehow but I am not sure why?
      MDtiredepot
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is alittle off topic but for those retailers who buy tires overseas be aware. If the tires have any sort of problems it is no longer the companys fault but can leave the business that bought then liabale for any damages that occurred while using the tires. _Your friendly tire dealer_ Mdtiredepot.com
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