Goodyear estimates there might be as many as 27,000 of certain size Wrangler SilentArmor tires still on the road that the Akron tire maker is now recalling.
Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Saturday announced Goodyear was voluntarily recalling 40,915 tires, all of which were made in 2009. The recall starts March 22.
The recalled Wrangler Silent-?Armor tires could experience a partial tread separation, fail under certain circumstances and cause vehicle damage or lead to a crash, Goodyear said.
Goodyear said it has one report of a double-fatal rollover accident in Texas late last year where the vehicle had the now-recalled Wrangler SilentArmor tires.
The tires are typically put on heavy-duty pickup trucks and SUVs that go off paved roads and are used at construction sites, Goodyear spokesman Scott Baughman said.
Goodyear noticed an unusual number of claims in what it calls its early warning data, made up of damage claims the company gets, Baughman said. Goodyear reported the issue to NHTSA and decided to do the voluntary recall, he said.
The six tire sizes being recalled are: LT235/80R17 LRE; LT 245/75R17 LRE; LT325/60R18 LRE; LT275/70R18 LRE; LT265/70R17 LRE; and LT285/70R17 LRD. The tires were sold primarily in the United States and Canada.
All of the tires were made March 31 through May 31, 2009, at Goodyear’s Fayetteville, N.C., factory. The recalled Wranglers are replacement, not original equipment, tires.
Goodyear said it will notify tire owners and provide free Wrangler replacement tires.
Goodyear said it recommends people take their Wrangler-equipped vehicles to an authorized Goodyear dealer to see if they have the recalled tires.
Vehicle owners can also look at the sidewall to check. The recalled tires have numbers ranging from 0909 to 2209 on the sidewall; the first two digits refer to the week of the year a tire was made while the last two digits refer to the year of manufacture. For instance, the “09” in “0909” means the tire was made in the ninth week of 2009 and “22” in “2209” means the tire was made in the 22nd week of 2009.
Goodyear announced the creation of the Wrangler SilentArmor tires in 2005. The tires feature inner layers of belts of Kevlar, the same material used to make bulletproof vests. Goodyear said the Kevlar belts add toughness while also quieting the ride.
People who have the recalled Wrangler SilentArmor tires on their vehicles can call Goodyear at 1-800-592-3267.
Tire owners can also call the NHTSA vehicle safety hot line at 1-888-327-4236 or go to www.safercar.gov.
Goodyear said in 2010 it had to recall about 500 commercial Dunlop trailer tires that may have had thin spots in their inner linings.
Jim Mackinnon can be reached at 330-996-3544 or email@example.com