The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is investigating at least seven truck crashes involving a specific 2014 model of Michelin tire that are believed to have failed. NHTSA is investigating the model 2014 Michelin XZA 295/60/R22.5 tire, which is used on auto haulers. The agency’s Office of Defects Investigation (ODI) said that tire “may fail catastrophically when used on the steer axle.” NHTSA said in its notice:
ODI has opened this [preliminary evaluation] to gather information and assess the frequency and scope of the alleged safety defect.
Michelin says it’s aware of the preliminary evaluation by NHTSA regarding several complaints about a tire identified as a 2014 Michelin XZA 295/60/R22.5 tire used on auto haulers. The company says it’s cooperating fully with the agency. There have been no injuries or fatalities due to the crashes, according to NHTSA.
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