Worried that its Wrangler Silent Armor line of tires are prone to causing very bad years for their owners, Goodyear initiated a recall of about 41,000 of the products. The company says that a small number of the tires, made for trucks, SUVs and vans, can tear and cause accidents.
In a recall notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration site (PDF), Goodyear spells out its issues with the tires:
“A small number of tires within this population may experience a partial tread area separation under certain severe usage conditions. Use of these tires in severe conditions could result in partial tread separation which could lead to vehicle damage or a motor vehicle crash.”
The tire sizes affected include LT325/60R18 LRE, LT235/80R17 LRE, LT245/75R17 LRE, LT275/70R18 LRE, LT265/70R17 LRE and LT285/70R17 LRD.
Goodyear will notify affected customers by March 22 and replace them for free, and reimburse those who have replaced the tires due to problems.
The notice isn’t clear about what those with the recalled tires can do in order to be proactive about replacing them, but presumably those who need replacements should check with the place at which they bought the tires to see what steps to take. If you have more questions, you can check with Goodyear’s Manager of Global Regulations, Standards & Compliance at 330-796-3519.
Goodyear Tire Recall (PDF) [NHTSA]