Michelin Recalling Certain Michelin X Works XZY Tires

Michelin North America, Inc. (Michelin) is recalling certain Michelin X Works XZY tires, size 315/80R22.5 156/150K, manufactured from January 1, 2011, to July 31, 2015. The affected tires lack the required DOT symbol and load range letter designation, and, as such, they fail to conform to the requirements of U.S Code 30112 and Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 119, “New Pneumatic Tires for Motor Vehicles with a GVWR of more than 4,536 kilograms (10,000 pounds) and Motorcycles.” The subject tires comply with all FMVSS performances but are missing the DOT symbol, creating confusion with tires that do not comply with these requirements. Tires that do not comply with FMVSS requirements may increase the risk of a crash. Michelin will notify owners and will either correct the tires by permanently applying the required markings or replace the tires with a similar product, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on February 13, 2017. Owners may contact Michelin at 1-888-847-8475. Source: NHTSA

Understanding Your Vehicle’s Tires

Your tires are the only part of the car that has direct contact with the road. Tires affect your vehicle handling, ride, braking, and safety. For optimum performance, tires must have the correct air pressure, tread depth, balance and the wheels of the vehicle must be properly aligned.

Checking your tires on a regular basis is an important step in protecting your safety and your automotive investment. Ideally, tire inspections should be performed monthly. If you drive over potholes and debris in the road, live in a cold climate, or drive long distances regularly, then you should inspect your tires more often.

Always inspect your tires before a long trip. The more often these inspections are performed, the easier it will be to find a small problem, such as a nail in your tire, and fix it before it becomes a more expensive and time-consuming issue. Source: AAA Exchange

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