Bridgestone Announces Voluntary Safety Recall for Certain Firestone FS561 Commercial Truck Tires

Action to address one size of FS561 tires installed only in the trailer application

Jan 29, 2016, 18:55 ET from Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations

NASHVILLE, Tenn., Jan. 29, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations (BATO) is recalling one size of its Firestone FS561 tire sold in the United States and Canada between April 2015 and January 2016. The voluntary safety recall is limited to FS561 tires in size 255/70R22.5 and only those tires that are installed in the trailer application. All products in question were manufactured between February 2015 and January 27, 2016 (DOT weeks 0515 – 0416). All other FS561 sizes and applications are not included as part of this recall.

The voluntary recall was initiated as a result of an elevated number of warranty adjustment returns for tread separation and/or detachment on tires in the severe service trailer application. The subject tires, when used in the severe service trailer application, may experience scrubbing which may result in an increased risk of a tread separation and/or detachment, which could contribute to a vehicle crash without warning. These tires do not exhibit an increased risk for this condition in any other application or service condition. There are no known accidents or injuries.

BATO and other relevant Bridgestone subsidiaries are communicating and working with regulatory agencies in the United States and Canada to recover the tires in accordance with local laws. It is estimated 36,000 FS561 tires in size 255/70R22.5 are subject to this recall. The companies are communicating with company-owned stores, authorized dealers and end-user customers to recover and replace any subject tires. BATO will replace FS561 tires installed in the trailer application for free with the FS560 Plus or comparable Bridgestone or Firestone brand tire.

Consistent with the company's longstanding commitment to safety, customer satisfaction and service, owners of tires subject to this recall are urged to contact their authorized Bridgestone and Firestone dealer or company-owned service center to arrange verification and replacement. To find an authorized Bridgestone and Firestone dealer, visit BATO's commercial tire website: www.commercial.firestone.com

About Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations:

Nashville, Tenn.-based Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations (BATO) is a business unit of Bridgestone Americas, Inc., whose parent company, Bridgestone Corporation, is the world's largest tire and rubber company. Reporting into the BATO business unit are the company's Latin American tire operations; the U.S. and Canadian consumer and commercial tire businesses; and Bridgestone Retail Operations, LLC, which operates the largest network of company-owned automotive service providers in the world. BATO develops, manufactures and markets Bridgestone, Firestone and associate brand tires. The commercial tire division is focused on retail, wholesale and original equipment markets, supplying tires to passenger, light truck, commercial vehicle, off road, motorcycle, agricultural and retread markets.

SOURCE Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations



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