Urgent Notice! Tire Recalls!
Researched and presented here by our Liaison Tony Bulygo
Subject: Tire Recalls

FORT MILL, S.C.  Continental Tire the Americas, LLC (Continental) today announced the company’s decision to voluntarily initiate a safety recall for 5,356 commercial vehicle tires. The tires involved in the recall are 315/80R22.5 Conti Coach HA3, produced from August 27, 2017, to April 28, 2018 (DOT weeks 3517 to 1618), and sold in the original equipment and replacement markets in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.

Tires from four production weeks were identified with issues, but in an abundance of caution, Continental is recalling all potentially affected tires from the start of production. The tires were identified as having a potential issue which could cause loss of internal pressure through the sidewall resulting in slow or rapid deflation. Since the safety of customers is paramount at Continental, the company has decided to voluntarily issue a safety-related recall for the potentially affected tires. The tires are identified with the Department of Transportation (DOT) codes A372 KWUU 3517 through 5317, and 0118 through 1618. Only the production DOT weeks 3517 through 1618 are affected. Continental has not received any reports of accidents or injuries resulting from this condition.

Continental has notified the appropriate authorities of the details of the recall. All identified tire owners will be promptly notified and informed about the details of the recall and how to receive replacement tires at no charge. Tires with the affected DOT codes should be exchanged immediately. Tires will be exchanged free of charge, including the cost of mounting, balancing, and service fees, through August 31, 2018, and on a pro-rata basis after this date. However, we encourage owners of the affected tires to complete the exchange as soon as possible.

Customers seeking more information, including instructions for identifying affected tires as well as obtaining replacement tires, are asked to contact their local Continental sales representative or the Customer Service team. For the U.S. market, the contact number is toll-free 1 (800) 726-7113. For Canada, the contact number for English-language service is toll-free 1 (800) 461-9681, and for French-language service is toll-free 1 (800) 361-2844. For Mexico, the contact number is 01 800 821 2000. Or visit the Product Recall FAQs page: http://ci-shortcode.conti.de/fr1j


NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations and Bridgestone Canada are voluntarily recalling approximately 2,700 all-position, wide-base radial commercial truck tires for suspected noncompliance with U.S., Canadian and Mexican government endurance tests.

The tires, manufactured from June 10-30, are all size 425/65R22.5, Bridgestone said. They are as follows:

  • Firestone FS818 tires, with Department of Transportation date codes 2318 and 2418;
  • Bridgestone M854 tires, date codes 2418 and 2518;
  • Bridgestone M860A tires, date code 2518; and
  • 1318.Bridgestone M864 tires, date codes 2318 and 2418.

The tires were produced at Bridgestone’s truck tire plant in Warren County, Tenn.

The affected tires may present a risk of exposure of steel body cords in the sidewall, leading to deterioration of the cords and resulting rapid air loss, Bridgestone said.

Tires of the same models manufactured outside the June 10-30 window meet regulatory requirements and are not part of the recall, according to the company.

Bridgestone is notifying the relevant regulatory agencies in the three countries about the recall, as well as original equipment manufacturers, authorized dealers, national account fleets, company-owned stores and end-user customers, the company said.

Bridgestone will replace the recalled tires free of charge.

To find authorized Bridgestone dealers, visit commercial.bridgestone.com.

Customers in the U.S. and Mexico may call Bridgestone Technical Service at 800-847-3272 with questions about the recall. Canadian customers should call Bridgestone Canada Technical Service at 800-267-1318.


Spartan Recalls Gladiator, MetroStar Fire Trucks

Spartan Motors is recalling 95 2013-2015 model-year Gladiator, as well as 2011 and 2013-2014-MY MetroStar, emergency vehicles equipped with a pressure governor or hand throttle supplied by Fire Research Corp.

The software controlling the pressure governor or hand throttle might cause an engine surge. This in turn could trigger a water pressure surge at the end of a fire hose, increasing the risk of personal injury to firefighters, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported.

The recall covers fire trucks manufactured from June 15, 2011, to Jan. 14 of this year.

To remedy the problem, Spartan dealers will install a software update free of charge. The recall is expected to begin this month.

Vehicle owners can reach Spartan customer service at 1-517-543-6400. Spartan’s number for this recall is 14013.

Ford is recalling about 92,000 sedans and crossovers in North America because of a problem with the front, right half shaft, which means the vehicles can cause drivers to “experience the loss of drive function” suddenly, the automaker said on Monday.

The models covered by the recall are the 2013-14 Ford Taurus, police interceptor sedans and Flex; the Lincoln MKT and MKS; and the 2012-14 Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX. About 83,000 of the vehicles are in the United States, about 8,200 in Canada and 600 in Mexico.

The problem was detected through warranty claims, said Kelli Felker, a spokeswoman for Ford.

Other recalls announced by Ford on Monday covered about 200 Fiesta compacts from the 2014 model year because the gas tank may leak and about 2,100 Ford Escape crossovers from 2014 because a weak bond could cause the panoramic glass sunroof to leak or break away from the vehicle.

The automaker said it was not aware of any accidents or injuries related to any of the recalls.


2/10/2014 2:00:00 PM | By Truck Fleet Management

Paccar Inc. said it is recalling more than 21,000 trucks for potential defects to door latches and seat belts, according to a notice from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s website.

The recalls involve various 2013 and 2014 Kenworth and Peterbilt models, Paccar wrote to NHTSA in a letter outlining the recalls. Paccar is the parent company of Kenworth Truck Co. and Peterbilt Motors Co.

Included in the door latch recall are 7,292 Peterbilt 567 and 579 models manufactured between Jan. 20, 2012, and Oct. 11, 2013. Also included are 6,746 Kenworth T680 from the same model years that were manufactured at around the same time.

The seat belt recall is for 5,276 units of a range of brand Kenworth model year 2014 — including T660s  and T680s — as well as 5,138 Peterbilts, also for the current model year and also for a range of brands. Those trucks were manufactured between early August and early November of last year.

Paccar told NHTSA that it will notify owners and dealers of the defects by the end of February and that it will replace the seat belt buckles and door-latch assemblies, if needed, free of charge.

The truck makers did not respond to a request for comment Feb. 10.

The seat belts — made by Westfield, Ind.-based Indiana Mills and Manufacturing Inc. — fail to conform to federal standards in which it may take more effort than is standard to separate the latch plate from the buckle, NHTSA said.

The door latches were made by component maker Inteva Products, based in Troy, Mich.

Daimler Trucks North America, Volvo Trucks and Mack Trucks issued recall notices in January over the same seat belt issue involving IMMI’s L9 seatbelt model. Those recalls included more than 26,000 of Daimler’s Freightliner models and 5,000 Volvo models.