Discount Tire has issued a recall for nearly 80,000 tires manufactured between 2013 and 2015. According to a bulletin from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, some of those tires may have been improperly constructed, making them more susceptible to rupture and, ultimately, loss of air pressure.
The company began noticing problems back in February, after several reports of tire treads separating prematurely. According to a NHTSA bulletin, Discount Tire conducted tests and discovered that "some of the affected tires may have a lower than specified inner liner gauge. These tires could develop a tread separation and/or detachment, which could result in air loss." Should that happen, it could dramatically increase the risk of a crash.
If your tires suffer from this problem, NHTSA says you may first notice irregular wear on your tires or vibration while your vehicle is in motion.
The recall affects the following tires, all of which were designed for use on full-size pickups and SUVs:
- Pathfinder SAT LT245/75R17E1 121R W tires manufactured between September 16, 2013 and May 19, 2015
- Pathfinder SAT LT265/75R16E1 123Q W tires manufactured between August 5, 2013 and May 19, 2015
- Pathfinder SAT LT265/70R17E1 121S B tires manufactured between September 2, 2013 and May 19, 2015
- Pathfinder SAT LT275/65R18E1 123S B tires manufactured between October 7, 2013 and May 19, 2015
All told, 79,513 tires are affected by the recall. The good news is, Discount Tire stopped selling these tires on May 19, 2015. All were sold directly to consumers through Discount Tire or America’s Tire stores.
The better news is that Discount Tire knows of no accidents, injuries, or deaths linked to the manufacturing flaw.
Discount Tire will notify owners of the recall no later than August 28. The company will ask owners to remove any affected tires from service immediately. Owners will be offered free replacement tires or full refunds, as they like. If you've already had your tire(s) replaced because of this problem, Discount Tire will reimburse you.
If you believe that you have one or more of these tires on your truck or SUV and have questions, you can contact Discount Tire customer service at 888-519-6914. You can also call NHTSA at 888-327-4236 and ask about safety campaign #15T015000.