Goodyear, U.S. auto safety agency sparred over tire issue

WASHINGTON, June 8 (Reuters) – The U.S. auto protection company and Goodyear Tire & Rubber (GT.O) sparred for months in excess of regardless of whether the Ohio-dependent firm ought to recall tires made use of on motor homes that have not been manufactured in just about two a long time.

Less than force from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Goodyear on Tuesday said it would remember 173,000 G159 tires measurement 275/70R22.5. tires made use of on leisure automobiles since of the opportunity of catastrophic tread separations.

NHTSA to start with opened an investigation in December 2017 and then formally asked Goodyear to issue a remember in February, arguing G159 tires experienced higher failure rates that “transpired rather early in the service lifetime.”

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NHTSA in February reported it appeared Goodyear

was informed of a protection defect “as early 2002 while the tires

were in output but did not file a remember.”

In a 19-site response to NHTSA in March, Goodyear explained it did not believe that its tires ended up faulty and questioned if any of these tires are still in use, noting they have not been manufactured because 2003.

Goodyear reported it was “not legitimate” those people tires failed before than some others and NHTSA’s letter mirrored a misunderstanding of fundamental knowledge.

The tire producer explained Tuesday it agreed to the remember “to handle concerns that some of these tires may perhaps nonetheless be in the market or in use” but did not concede they were defective.

Goodyear argued RV suppliers have the “main job” in “recalling their motor vehicles to account for operator misuse.” It asserted NHTSA’s try to impose accountability on Goodyear for recalling the tires was “a sharp and inappropriate departure from more than 20 many years of observe.”
NHTSA on Tuesday urged homeowners to be certain recalled tires are not getting employed citing protection issues.

NHTSA claimed in FebruaryG159 tire problems ended up “at the center of 41 lawsuits involving 98 fatalities and accidents submitted concerning 1999 and 2016.” Goodyear said NHTSA “inaccurately” overstated the selection of incidents alleged.

NHTSA mentioned Goodyear routinely attained court orders forbidding release of tire data found in lawsuits. Goodyear reported the company “are not able to fairly assert it was unaware” of incidents involving the tire in advance of 2017 citing deadly incident reviews in a NHTSA databases.

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Reporting by David Shepardson

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