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The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company (“Goodyear”), has announced the recall of nearly 41,000 Wrangler Silent Armor tires that were manufactured during the year 2009.& The company stated that WRANGLER SILENT ARMOR TIRES, SIZES LT235/80R17 LRE, LT325/60R18 LRE, LT275/70R18 LRE, LT265/70R17 LRE, LT245/75R17 LRE, AND LT285/70R17 LRD, produced between the 9th week of 2009, through the 22nd week of 2009 (March 31, 2009 through May 31, 2009) are being recalled due to increased warranty claims by its customers.

Goodyear stated that the tread may separate in a small number of the Silent Armor tires creating “severe conditions” that could lead to the impairment of the vehicle or an accident.& The company also noted that a partial tread separation can result in tread strikes and a tread separation can also lead to a motor vehicle crash due to a tire failure.

The automobile tire maker has stated that the initial diagnosis was performed when increased warranty claims were seen with light truck and SUV tires. Also, Goodyear has been notified that two people in Texas died in a rollover crash where the vehicle was equipped with Silent Armor tires.

Goodyear stated that the tire had sustained external damage before the incident; and in several other cases of failure, the tires were either underinflated, overloaded or had experienced impact damage.

Nevertheless, the company decided on February 16, 2012 to move ahead with the recall process and estimates that 27,000 of the tires are still believed to be in service. The officials at Goodyear stated that the recall notification process is planned to begin on March 22, 2012. Goodyear has decided to replace the lemon tires with a new tire free of cost. Car owners may contact Goodyear at 1-800-592-3267. Also, car owners may contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (“NHTSA”) vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or log on to SafeCar.gov.

Below is the list of tires that are scheduled for recall by Goodyear:
Tire Brand Name / Tire Line / Tire Size:
Production Dates:
GOODYEAR / WRANGLER SILENT ARMOR / LT285/70R17 LRD
MAR 01, 2009 – MAY 31, 2009
GOODYEAR / WRANGLER SILENT ARMOR / LT245/75R17 LRE
MAR 01, 2009 – MAY 31, 2009
GOODYEAR / WRANGLER SILENT ARMOR / LT275/70R18 LRE
MAR 01, 2009 – MAY 31, 2009
GOODYEAR / WRANGLER SILENT ARMOR / LT265/70R17 LRE
MAR 01, 2009 – MAY 31, 2009
GOODYEAR / WRANGLER SILENT ARMOR / LT325/60R18 LRE
MAR 01, 2009 – MAY 31, 2009
GOODYEAR / WRANGLER SILENT ARMOR / LT235/80R17 LRE
MAR 01, 2009 – MAY 31, 2009

 

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