GREENVILLE, SC — Michelin North America (MNA) is recalling approximately 6,500 Michelin brand Pilot Sport extra load tires in size 255/35ZR20 97Y in the U.S. and Canada.
MNA said it made the decision and notified the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Transport Canada of the recall after discovering the tires did not meet its quality standards. MNA described the condition as “a blister on the sidewall of the tire. The company said in announcement that the blister may produce a noticeable tire vibration, and may result in a rapid loss of air pressure, which could potentially lead to a loss of control and potential vehicle crash.”
According to the tiremaker, there have been no accidents or injuries reported in North America. The majority of the affected tires were distributed in the U.S., and fewer than 400 were distributed in Canada.
The recalled tires were fitted as original equipment on some trim levels of Jaguar XJ8 vehicles and also were available in the replacement market. The affected tires’ DOT markings begin with FHPNEFMX and end with 00, 01, 02, 03 or 05.
MNA also said replacement tires will be available at no cost (including mounting and balancing) to consumers through Michelin tire dealers.
Any consumer who believes they are affected by the recall are advised to call MNA’s consumer relations department at (800) 847-3435 or (888) 871-4444 (Canada) or return to their servicing tire dealer.
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