Goodyear is recalling 41,000 of its tires for potential crash risks. The Wrangler Silent Armor tires were manufactured in 2009.
The Goodyear Wrangler Silent Armor tires can potentially tear, which presents a crash risk, said Reuters. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. said that the incidence is small. To date, two people died in a 2011 rollover crash in Texas that involved a vehicle equipped with the defective Wrangler Silent Armor tires, according to Goodyear spokesman, Scott Baughman, said Reuters.
Baughman noted that some 27,000 of the recalled tires are likely still being used and are most commonly seen on pickup trucks, vans, and sport-utility vehicles used at construction sites or off-road applications uses, said Reuters. The recall involves six tire sizes manufactured from March to May 2009.
In a February 22 letter to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Goodyear said it saw an increase in warranty and property damage claims during a May 2010 review. “A small number of tires within this population may experience a partial tread area separation under certain severe usage conditions,” wrote Goodyear. “Use of these tires in severe conditions could result in partial tread separation which could lead to vehicle damage or a motor vehicle crash,” Goodyear added, said Reuters.
“Statistics show the vast majority of tire issues are related to tires that are used while under-inflated, overloaded, in a poorly maintained condition or have suffered impact damage,” Goodyear said in a statement but noted that in December, it inspected the tire involved in the fatal Texas crash. Although the tire “sustained damage from external causes,” according to its letter to the NHTSA, wrote Reuters, opted last week to recall the tires and said it will be advising customers by March 22, it said, wrote Reuters.