December 29, 2005

Michelin recalls 6,500 tires in US, Canada

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Michelin North America on Thursday
said it is recalling about 6,500 Pilot Sport tires in the
United States and Canada because of a defect that might lead to
a rapid loss of air pressure and possible crash.

The tire maker said its 255/35ZR20 97Y Extra Load tires
were original equipment on some Jaguar XJ8 cars and also
available in the replacement market. It said an affected tire
typically has a blister on its sidewall, which may produce
vibration. This might result in a loss of air pressure and
cause a driver to lose control of a vehicle, Michelin said.

No accidents or injuries have been reported in North
America in connection with the defect, Michelin said. Most of
the tires were distributed in the United States, and fewer than
400 in Canada. Affected consumers should call Michelin at
1-800-847-3435 in the United States or 1-888-871-4444 in
Canada, or visit a tire dealer for a free inspection and tire