The Michelin Man can expect to find some coal in his stocking this Christmas after being forced to recall 1.2 million tires in the US this week, including some used as original equipment on 2010-2013full-size Ford vans because the “tread may come apart.”
According to Michelin North America spokeswoman, Kelli Felker, the LTX M/S tires in a 225/75/16 size were designed for “commercial light trucks, full-sized heavy duty vans, (formerly known as Econoline vans) often used as airport shuttles small recreational vehicles and some large pickup trucks.”
She also stated that the company first became aware of a “tread/belt endurance” problem after receiving 20 claims from consumers seeking to be reimbursed for damage to their vehicles and numerous warranty claims.
While there, consumers may want to check out information regarding several other recalls this weekend including: 62,155 Volkswagen Tiguan vehicles from 2009-2011, due to the fact that their exterior lights may not work due to a melted fuse; 19,197 2014 Acura MDX AWD vehicles for the drive shaft which may have been insufficiently tightened, increasing the risk of a crash; 3,837 2013-2014 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid vehicles recalled for corrosion that may cause an electrical short and result in a stall-like condition;
268 Mirage cargo trailers from 2006-2013, recalled because its door locks may jam, leaving individuals inside with no way out; 142 Suzuki SX4 vehicles from 2013, because of insufficiently tightened bolts that may get caught between the drive plate and the cylinder block, causing the engine to stall; 721 Forest River travel trailers from 2012-2013, because the trailer tire which may contact the bottom of the floor, "possibly causing a blowout and increasing the risk of a crash;" and 52 ATI Performance automatic transmissions installed in 2013 Chevrolet Camaros, due to the potential of rolling away while in park.