Michelin Recalling 1.2 Million Tires Following Rapid Tread Loss

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Michelin is recalling about 1.2 million tires sold in the United States, because an increasing number are experiencing tread loss or rapid air loss. A company official said the tires were used on larger vehicles—such as pickup trucks, heavy-duty vans, small RVs and commercial light trucks.

The tires, with the Michelin LTX M/S label , were manufactured between January 2010 and June 2012, and sold as original equipment on some vehicles.

"Several instances of tread/belt endurance issues (exhibited as ride vibrations, irregular wear, tread loss or rapid air loss) were observed for the subject tire in the third quarter of 2013," Michelin told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Michelin officials said they will contact owners by early January. Owners should expect to receive a letter, approved by NHTSA, which will explain the issue, and include specific instructions as to how to obtain replacements for no charge.