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BF Goodrich Recalls 46,000 Tires

October 5, 2004

BF Goodrich Tires announced on October 1 that it is recalling 46,000 passenger and light truck tires after internal checks alerted it to a condition initially affecting ride quality, but which could possibly result in steel belt separation if not remedied. To date, there have been no accidents or injuries reported and no property damage claims filed. However, the company believes there may be problems with up to 3,500 tires, representing six tire brands and is recalling all potentially affected tires produced during the same period. "This decision was made based on six tires returned from service prematurely after consumers experienced tire vibration, noise and ride comfort issues," said Michel Default, quality director for BF Goodrich Tire Manufacturing. "Based on our analysis of these returned tires, we've discovered an issue with one of the semi-finished products sent to our Fort Wayne, Indiana facility and used in the production of up to 3,500 tires at the end of the 15th week and beginning of the 16th week (in April) this year. That issue has been addressed and corrected." BF Goodrich Tires informed the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on September 27 of the recall campaign and is beginning to advise dealers, wholesalers and consumers potentially impacted. All recalled tires will be replaced free of charge. The recalled tires have Department of Transportation tire identification numbers which begin with DOT BF and end with the last four digits 1504 or 1604. All of the recalled tires were produced in week 15 and 16 this year (April 11-24) at Ft. Wayne and include BF Goodrich, Uniroyal, Liberator, Medalist, Phantom, and Prospector brands.
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