Goodyear recalls defective tires

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A rollover motor vehicle accident last summer that resulted in the deaths of a young Texas couple has caused the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company to recall 41,000 tires. The recall of Goodyear Wrangler Silent Armor tires, manufactured in 2009 for use on SUVs, pickup trucks, and vans, comes amid concerns that some of the tires “may experience a partial tread area separation” that could lead to a motor vehicle accident.

According to investigators in the Texas accident, the tread on the right front tire of the pick up truck came apart, causing the truck to skid sideways before overturning. Goodyear first identified a problem with the defective products in May 2010–15 months before the fatal Texas accident.

Goodyear will notify customers owning recalled tires by March 22. Tires affected by the recall have the following tire identification numbers on the sidewall:

  • PJ0UY5HV0909 through PJ0UY5HV2209
  • PJAB35HV0909 through PJAB35HV2209
  • PJ4335HV0909 through PJ4335HV2209
  • PJ1535HV0909 through PJ1535HV2209
  • PJAH35HV0909 through PJAH35HV2209
  • PJLHL6HV0909 through PJLHL6HV2209

Source: Reuters, “Goodyear recalls 41,000 Wrangler Silent Armor tires,” Feb. 25, 2012.