Michelin Recall: Michelin says it is recalling about 1.2 million tires sold in the U.S. because an increasing number are experiencing tread loss or rapid air loss. The recall is for Michelin tires manufactured between 2010 and 2012.
The tires are commonly used for pickup trucks, heavy-duty vans, small RVs and commercial light trucks. The Greenville, S.C-based company says no deaths or injuries have been reported because of the tires.
The Michelin tires, known as LTX M/S tires, were manufactured between January 2010 and June 2012. They were sold as original equipment on some vehicles and as new replacement tires before the recall.
The company says that fewer than 200 of the tires have been returned by customers. Owners can have them replaced during the recall at Michelin stores for no charge.
Ford used the tires as original equipment on the 2010 through 2013 models of its E-Series vans, a Ford spokeswoman, Kelli Felker, wrote in an email.
The E-Series is a full-size commercial van often used as an airport shuttle and formerly known as the Econoline.
Michelin said it had detected a “tread/belt endurance” problem through warranty claims and 20 claims from consumers seeking reimbursement for damage to their vehicles.