Nearly 80,000 replacement tires for lightweight trucks and Pathfinder SUV vehicles have been recalled, following reports that suggest the tire treads may separate and detach, resulting in loss of air pressure and increased crash risks from potentially rupturing tires.
The Discount Tire recall was announced by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on August 6, after the manufacturer’s field tests concluded that some of the affected tires may have a lower-than-specified inner liner gauge. This could result in tire treads splitting and eventually rupturing.
Drivers with the recalled tires could face a higher risk of being in an auto accident following tread separation. However, to date, no injuries or crashes have been reported.
The tires being recalled were sold secondhand at the consumer level, as replacement tires for pickup trucks and other SUV’s. However, the tires were specifically marketed for use with certain Nissan Pathfinder Sport package vehicles.
The recall includes tires purchased through Discount Tire for certain Pathfinder SAT LT245/75R17E1 121R W tires manufactured from September 16, 2013 to May 19, 2015, Pathfinder SAT LT265/75R16E1 123Q W tires manufactured August 5, 2013, to May 19, 2015, Pathfinder SAT LT265/70R17E1 121S B tires manufactured September 2, 2013, to May 19, 2015, and Pathfinder SAT LT275/65R18E1 123S B tires manufactured October 7, 2013, to May 19, 2015.
The NHTSA is warning consumers to check their tires immediately to see if they are part of the recall and be aware of potential warning signs such as frequent loss of air pressure, irregular wear and tear on the tread, and or vibrations while the vehicle is in motion.
The tires were manufactured by Discount Tire of Scottsdale, Arizona, where they were distributed for sale throughout the U.S. at Discount Tire stores and available for purchase online at www.discounttire.com until May 19, 2015.
Discount Tires has begun notifying customers and owners of the issue and plans to provide replacement tires or refund the purchase price, free of charge. The recall is anticipated to begin by the end of the month. Customers with questions may contact Discount Tire customer service at 1-888-519-6914 or contact NHTSA at 888-327-4236 and reference the safety campaign number 15T015000.