More than nineteen years after the last tire was produced, Goodyear tire has agreed to recall more than 173,000 G159 recreational vehicle tires fitted for Class A motorhomes due to heightened risks of tread separation. According to lawsuits filed against Goodyear, the G159 tire was designed for regional delivery trucks and not for extended highway use on Class A motorhomes. Lawsuits and safety advocates allege that Goodyear knew the tires were unsafe for use on RVs but continued to sell and market the tire despite this knowledge. Research from Consumer Reports concluded that the tire was linked to 95 injuries or death since 1998.
The recall comes after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration began investigating the tire in December 2017. According to the NHTSA, the G159’s tread can separate from the body of the tire, causing drivers to lose control of their motorhomes and crash. The agency began its investigation after an Arizona judge ordered the release of corporate documents that Goodyear provided in past lawsuits but had been kept private under court-issued protective orders and classified settlement agreements. The government agency sent Goodyear a letter requesting the recall on February 22, 2022. Goodyear initially declined the request on March 8, 2022, but later agreed to recall the estimated 173,000 G159 tires produced and sold throughout the United States.
In public remarks, Goodyear denies the tires have any safety defects, claiming that the higher-than-average failure rate is the result of user abuse. According to Goodyear, the recall is to address risks that occur when the tire is used underinflated or overloaded. “This tire hasn’t been made since 2003, it consistently met Goodyear’s demanding safety standards, and we have not received an injury claim related to the tire’s use on a Class A motorhome in more than 14 years,” according to Goodyear.
While the majority of the G159 tires have likely aged out of service, Goodyear will replace the remaining tires at no cost. NHTSA issued a statement encouraging RV owners to check their tires and ensure they are not using the recalled tire. “If their vehicle has these tires, they should have this recall completed as soon as possible,” the statement said.
Goodyear Tire is a global tire manufacturer founded and headquartered in Akron, Ohio. Since its founding in 1898, the company has grown to become one of the largest tire manufacturers in the world, with operations in North and South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. Goodyear produces a wide range of tires, including tires for cars, trucks, airplanes, motorcycles, and heavy machinery. The company also offers a range of services, such as tire replacement, repair, and retreading services. In 2021, the company reported revenues of $17.5 billion.
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