GREENVILLE, S.C. (April 23, 2012)—Michelin North America Inc. is voluntarily recalling 77,775 Michelin-brand medium radial truck tires in the U.S. and Canada because of a problem with the tires' casings that could cause rapid air loss.
The tires being recalled are certain Michelin XZU3 LRJ, size 305/85R22.5, and XZU2 LRJ, size 12R22.5, produced between Oct. 23, 2005, and Sept. 3, 2011; and XM505 LRJ, size 305/85R22.5, produced between April 18 and May 8, 2010, and Jan. 23, 2011, and Feb. 12, 2011, at Michelin's plant in Spartanburg, S.C.
The recall covers casings that have been retreaded, Michelin said. Of the tires being recalled, 4,130 were sold in Canada.
Greenville-based Michelin said the tires being recalled were used predominantly by transit bus fleets on a lease basis. During 2010 and 2011, Michelin said, customers using retreads on casings identified in this recall started experiencing “an increasing rate of casing endurance issues.”
Michelin said it has received one personal injury claim related to the subject tires.
Michelin will contact customers by mail and offer to replace the identified tires free of charge as well as provide for reimbursing “remedies made prior to the recall,” where appropriate. It also will notify dealers and retreaders.
The recall action is expected to start by April 30 at the latest.
Michelin also said its program of continuous improvement produced numerous design and process updates that targeted various performances, including casing life.
Michelin said it will scrap all tires in the specified DOT date ranges removed from service, or in its possession.