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Continental voluntarily recalls certain passenger tires

Published 17 October 2016

Continental Tire the Americas (CTA) announced a voluntary recall involving 14,567 passenger tires after discovering potential contamination to the belt package that occurred during the production process.

This potential contamination may result in a lack of adhesion, which could cause partial or complete tread or belt loss to the tire, resulting in loss of vehicle control.

Most of the affected tires were installed as original equipment on certain General Motors full size truck and SUV models and a small portion were sold in the tire replacement market in the U.S.

These tires met all Federal safety standards. However, after some tires were returned to Continental through its warranty process, Continental immediately conducted a thorough analysis.

The findings indicate that certain P275/55R20 111S CrossContact LX20 tires produced at the company's Mt. Vernon, Illinois plant between May 3 and May 9, 2015, are potentially contaminated and therefore, do not meet Continental's quality or performance expectations in the field.

CTA will notify owners of affected vehicles and will make available replacement tires free of charge.

CTA notified the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) October 3, 2016 of its voluntary U.S. recall campaign and is beginning an intensive communication with dealers, wholesalers as well as customers who purchased the tires.

Consumers seeking more information, including instructions for identifying recalled tires, locating participating dealers, or general inquiries can go to the Continental Tire website. Customers can also contact CTA customer relations at 1-888-799-2168.

General Motors customers can look up their vehicle identification number (VIN) on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website, or can check the General Motors website, to see if their vehicle could be impacted by the Continental tire recall.

Source: Company Press Release