WASHINGTON—Goodyear and Bridgestone Americas have asked the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to not require a recall of tires that had tire mold labeling errors.
, asking for a finding of inconsequential noncompliance because of tire mold labeling errors.
The companies asked NHTSA for a finding of inconsequential noncompliance, which absolves them from conducting a recall of tires that don't meet federal safety standards. Both Goodyear and Bridgestone contend the mistakes in the tire mold labels are negligible in their safety implications, particularly since the tires meet or exceed every other requirement under federal truck tire safety rules.
Goodyear manufactured 1,692 noncompliant Goodyear Wrangler AT/S tires, size LT 275/65R18, at its Gadsden, Ala., plant between April 8 and May 12, 2012. The tires are labeled "LR-E/Max Load 3415 lbs. Max Pressure 80 psi" when they should have been labeled "LR-CE/Max Load 2535 lbs. Max Pressure 50 psi," according to the Dec. 3 notice in the Federal Register.
Bridgestone, in a notice posted in the Federal Register, said it made1,102 Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval AS tires, size 245/40R19 and 245/35R20, between June 19, 2011 and March 17, 2012, that have incorrect labels.
Those tires bear the label, "TREAD 1 POLYESTER 2 STEEL 1 NYLON," when they should say, "TREAD 1 POLYESTER 2 STEEL 2 NYLON," Bridgestone told NHTSA.
Only 97 of those tires were sold, meaning they are the only ones covered under the petition, Bridgestone said.