The warm weather and long daylight hours make for a prime road trip season, and many people are tuning up their cars for a family vacation. But it may surprise you to know that even if your mechanic does a top-notch job under the hood, he may not be able to tell if your tires are part of a recall—and if your tires are faulty, the odds of your vacation ending in an accident increase dramatically.
Recent tire recalls that could place consumers at risk include:
- Goodyear. Earlier this year, General Motors announced that it would hold back its current stock of over 6,000 vehicles due to a possibility of cracking treads on their 18-inch Goodyear Fortera HL tires. The recall covers the automaker’s three Lambda platform crossovers, including the 2015 Chevrolet Traverse, GMC Acadia, and the Buick Enclave. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), cracking in the treads of the tires can cause sudden loss of pressure and possible tire failure. Goodyear announced its own recall after company testing uncovered small tread cracks in the tires, making the rubber non-compliant with federal laws. Goodyear estimates that 48,512 faulty tires have been manufactured, 32,000 of which were made specifically to be fitted to GM vehicles.
- Michelin. Michelin recently announced a recall of one version of its Michelin LTX M/S tires produced between January 2010 and June 2012. The company found that some of these tires experienced tread loss and rapid air loss, and Michelin recommends that customers have these tires removed as soon as possible. Most of the recalled tires were fitted as original equipment on large pickup trucks, light commercial trucks, heavy duty vans, and small recreational vehicles (RVs).
- Bridgestone. On November 8, 2013, Bridgestone issued a recall of an estimated 1.2 million defective truck and bus tires. The company received complaints from consumers involving poor inflation, sidewall cracks, and air leaks that contributed to eventual or immediate tire failure.
Consumers Can Easily Check Their Tire Recall Status Online
While your mechanic may not notice a recalled tire on your vehicle, it’s easy for you to check the list of recalled tires in just a few moments. Visit safercar.gov and enter your vehicle details to make sure all four of your tires have successfully passed inspection. Once you take this step, share this article on Facebook or via email to make sure your friends and family members are driving on four safe tires!