AKRON (Feb. 27, 2012)—Goodyear is voluntarily recalling 40,915 Wrangler Silent Armor light truck tires in the U.S. and Canada produced during a 14-week period in 2009 because of the potential for a partial tread area separation in those tires subjected to “certain severe usage conditions.”
The sizes being recalled—LT235/80R17 LRE; LT325/60R18 LRE; LT275/70R18 LRE; LT265/70R17 LRE; LT245/75R17 LRE; and LT285/70R17 LRD—were produced from the ninth week of 2009 through the 22nd week of 2009 (March 31-May 31) at Goodyear's Fayetteville, N.C., plant, the company said. The tires being recalled are identified by the tire plant code PJ and the date codes 0909 through 2209.
Goodyear estimates there might be as many as 27,000 of the target tires still in operation in the U.S. and Canada.
Goodyear said it initially observed slightly increased levels of warranty returns and property claims starting in May 2010 and continued to monitor early warning data for these tires and conducted inspections of several returned tires.
After receiving an injury claim involving one of the tires in the third quarter of 2011, Goodyear said its inspection of the tire revealed damage caused by stone drilling and other external road-hazard damage. The company said it found no safety issues but determined in the interest of customer satisfaction to recall the tires identified above.
Goodyear said it will notify owners and replace the tires free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on or before March 22. Customers who previously may have received an adjustment on any of the recalled population of tires will be offered reimbursement on a pro-rated basis.
Owners may contact Goodyear at 800-592-3267 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at 888-327-4236 for more information.
Goodyear said it has notified Transport Canada about its plans for the voluntary recall and will be contacting customers in Canada.