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continental tire recall
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continental tire recall
 


When is a tire recall necessary?
If the tire does not comply with a Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard or there is a safety-related defect present in the tire than a tire recall like Continental's recent tire recall. There are minimum performance levels for tires that have been set by the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards to protect drivers and passengers from death or serious injury.

Tread Separation
A report that was released in October 2001 from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration said that the tread separations studied in the Bridgestone and Firestone accidents reduced the ability of a driver to control the vehicle, especially when the tire failure occurred on a rear tire and at high speeds. There was a much greater likelihood for death, injury, and crashes resulting when the tread separation occurred on an SUV rather than a pickup truck.

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Frequently asked questions



Why did Continental announce a tire recall on August 19, 2002?
Continental officials saw the number of property damage and personal injury claims make a significant increase in April that indicated a problem with their tires. In May, six people died in an SUV rollover accident when their Ford Expedition tires failed, leading to a July Continental tire investigation. The tire recall was announced August 19, but Continental did not disclose how many tread separations had occurred.

What tires are included in the Continental tire recall?
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.

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What vehicles have been affected by the Continental tire recall?
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.

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What is a tread separation?
A tread separation occurs because of the steel belted radial tire technology. A report that was released in October 2001 from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration said that the tread separations studied in the Bridgestone and Firestone accidents reduced the ability of a driver to control the vehicle, especially when the tire failure occurred on a rear tire and at high speeds. There was a much greater likelihood for death, injury, and crashes resulting when the tread separation occurred on an SUV rather than a pickup truck.

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What is an SUV rollover?
An SUV rollover can occur when a tread separation or tire blowout results in an SUV rolling over because of the high center of gravity. A recent report released in October showed that there was a much greater likelihood for death, injury, and crashes resulting when the tread separation occurred on an SUV rather than a pickup truck.

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What do I do if I have a Continental tire that has been recalled?
Continental announced at the time of the tire recall news that owners of the recalled Continental tires should get a letter within a month advising where they can get free replacement tires. Ford is also mailing new labels to owners of 2000 Expedition and Navigator SUVs because they incorrectly labeled the tire pressure for the rear wheels, with some of the mislabeled tires are also included in the Continental tire recall. Please contact us to speak with a tire recall lawyer to learn more about your legal rights.

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Who can I contact for more information on the Continental tire recall?
If you experienced a tread separation because of a Continental recalled tire, please contact us to learn more about your rights.

 

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