WASHINGTON—Goodyear has agreed to recall more than 170,000 G159 medium truck tires, produced between 1996 and 2003, that have been linked to dozens of accidents involving recreational vehicles (RVs) that resulted in injuries or deaths.
The recall covers 173,279 Goodyear G159 tires in size 275/70R22.5, commonly found on RVs, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), which issued a public recall notice. It's not known how many of the tires might still be in circulation.
The tire was designed for use on medium-duty trucks but also was used by a number of RV makers on their Class A motorhomes. When used in this application, the tires experienced a rate of failure higher when used on RVs than similar tires, NHTSA said.
The tires were manufactured at Goodyear plants in Danville, Va., and Wolverhampton, England, the latter of which ceased tire production in 2003.
Goodyear's decision, disclosed June 6 by NHTSA, is seen as the first step in closing a controversial chapter in Goodyear's history, as the tires singled out in this action have been linked to 95 injuries or deaths dating back to the 1990s.
Goodyear over the years has denied repeatedly there is any technical flaw in the product.