tire recall involves the P275/60R17 size of the ContiTrac
AW and General Graber AW tires that came out of the Mayfield,
Kentucky Continental plant. The Continental tires have
Transportation Department codes ending with numbers ranging
from 109 to 4400, indicating the recalled tires were manufactured
between March 1999 and October 2000.
In the largest defective tire recall since the Bridgestone
and Firestone announcement in October 2001, Continental
Tire North America is recalling more
than half a million tires that have been installed on
Ford SUVs due to tread separation. At least one
accident resulting in the death of six people in an SUV
rollover is being investigated to determine if it was
directly caused from a Continental tire tread
Based on documents filed with the National Highway Traffic
Safety Administration (NHTSA), Continental learned of
the accident involving their tires in May, but Continental
said in the NHTSA reports that they have not completed
a thorough investigation to determine if their tires were
at fault for the deaths.
Continental began investigating their tires July 12, 2002,
which eventually led to the August 19, 2002 recall announcement.
The Continental tire recall
will cost the company an estimated $19 million. Since the
National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act was enacted
in 1966, there have been 24 million tires recalled due to
If you experienced a tread
separation because of a Continental recalled tire, please
contact us to learn more about your rights.
Tread separations, like the recent Continental tire
recall, is a very dangerous defect that results in death,
injury, and destruction of property.
Consumers demanded more focus on safety assurances
after the highly publicized massive
Bridgestone and Firestone recall of 6.5 million tires.
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The Bridgestone and Firestone recall that occurred last October
was linked to 271 U.S. traffic deaths in addition to thousands
vehicles does the Continental
tire recall affect?
The over half a million Continental tires that have been
recalled affect Ford Motor Co. SUVs that were installed as
original equipment on 106,701 two-wheel-drive Ford Expedition
and Lincoln Navigator SUVs from the 2000 and 2001 model years.
There were also about 60,000 additional Continental tires
sold as replacements on light trucks, totaling 596,610.
What is being done about the Continental
Owners of the affected SUVs will receive a letter from Continental
within a month of the August 19th announcement of where to
get free replacement tires. Ford also said they had incorrectly
labeled the tire pressure for the rear wheels on 81,774 two-wheel
drive Expedition and Navigator SUVs from the 2000 model year,
with some of the tires inclusive of the Continental tire
recall. Ford will be mailing new labels to owners. Continental
did not disclose how many tread
separations had occurred in their investigation, but they
did comment that most complaints had involved uneven wear
and vibrations with the tires.