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NHTSA Recalls Over 12,000 GTC Light Truck Tires for Sidewall Defect

By Alpert Schreyer on March 22, 2012

According to Moderntiredealer.com, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued a recall for approximately 12,289 light truck tires in conjunction with GTC North America, Inc. The name of the affected light truck tire is Advance Extra Grip AR215 and the tire size is P235/75R15. The tires were produced between September 2008 and December 2009. Light truck refers to any vehicle with a maximum combined curb and payload weight of 8,500 pounds, including minivans, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles (SUVs).

Bowie Auto Defect AccidentSome of the recalled tires may have been manufactured with an air bubble in the sidewall, which can cause blistering; this, in turn, may create tread chunking and a loss of air, possibly leading to a dangerous auto accident. Tread chunking occurs when small tire pieces are ripped off the tread, a defect that the NHTSA says is seen infrequently and typically stems from a manufacturing or quality control problem. The tires failed to conform to the requirements of a specific light tire Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard.

This safety recall is expected to begin this month, and GTC will notify tire owners and replace the noncompliant tires with a similar one free of charge. As applicable, free mounting and balancing may also be included. For more information regarding this recall, consumers may call GTC at (330) 498-5000. Currently, the Ohio-based manufacturer has received no reports of injuries or fatalities due to the use of the tire.

Manufacturers of motor vehicles and their respective parts have the responsibility to produce products completely safe for consumer use. However, if a product or vehicle isn’t thoroughly tested or shortcuts are taken in manufacturing, a hazardous defect may be discovered too late after it has already caused harm to an innocent consumer. If you have been injured by a defective product, the top-rated Bowie auto product liability lawyers of Alpert Schreyer will help you hold any negligent parties legally accountable. For a no-cost consultation, call (844) 632-7274.

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