WASHINGTON (July 9, 2012)—TBC Corp. is voluntarily recalling 72,938 tires manufactured between January 2009 and January 2011 for a manufacturing anomaly that might cause cracks or separations in their lower sidewalls.
The tires are Big Foot/Big O S/T tires, sizes 235/70R16 and 265/70R17, and Mirada Cross Tour SLX tires, sizes 235/70R16 and 265/70R17.
According to the June 28 letter from TBC to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association, the affected tires were manufactured by Yokohama Tire Corp. at its Salem, Va., plant, and sold exclusively to TBC.
In November 2010, Yokohama noticed an elevated number of warranty returns for the TBC tires because of lower sidewall cracks, TBC said. Yokohama conducted a thorough analysis of the tires throughout 2011 and into 2012, it said.
Yokohama discovered that some of the returned tires exhibited an irregular geometry in areas near the sidewall cracks, according to TBC. In some cases, the tires had cracks that extended to the tires' structure, creating a potential air loss risk, it said.
There have been no reports of accidents, injuries or fatalities as a result of the sidewall cracks, TBC said.
TBC told NHTSA it would start notifying owners of the tires July 20, and replace their tires free of charge. Meanwhile, owners of the tires may call TBC at 901-363-8030.