The North American unit of German tire maker Continental AG has recalled a batch of 3,800 passenger vehicle tires after a driver reported an incident in which the tire’s tread became separated from the rubber. Kathryn Blackwell, a spokeswoman for the company, said the incident involving the ContiProContact P205/65 R15 95T XL model tire – which can fit cars, minivans and SUVs – resulted from an improper mix of rubber components during production that didn’t allow the tread to bond properly to the rest of the tire. The faulty tire was traced back to a batch produced at Continental’s plant in Fort Mills, S.C., during the second week of February. There have been no reported injuries or accidents, according to the company. Blackwell said it was difficult to tell how many of the tires had actually made it onto customer vehicles, but it was likely that some would be stopped at the nationwide dealers and warehouses they had been sent to.
The affected tires may exhibit localized tread wear, excessive vibration, noise or bulging in the tread area, a condition that may lead to partial or full tread separation and possible loss of control, according to Continental’s website. The tires can be identified by the Department of Transportation code VY UR 471B 0615 on the outer rim and will be replaced free of charge, the company said. Even though there was just one incident involving a small batch, the company decided on a recall voluntarily to be safe and proactively sent out a news release even though it’s not required by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) this early in the recall stage.
Continental recalled roughly 8,000 motorcycle tires in September and 6,000 Mercedes-Benz tires in June 2014, according to the NHTSA website. In March 2011, after a number of complaints, Continental voluntarily recalled nearly 400,000 tires produced at its plant in Mexico between 2007 and 2008 and used on Ford F-250 and F-350 trucks because of problems with improper inflation in hot weather. The Hanover, Germany-based company produces a variety of auto parts including brakes, airbags and engine components, and has two tire manufacturing plants located in the United States that each produce about 800,000 tires per year.
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