Bridgestone Firestone Recalls Tires

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Bridgestone Firestone North American Tire, LLC (BFNT) will be initiate a voluntary recall campaign to replace approximately 4,202 specialty motorcycle tires. There have been no structural or performance safety ssues with these tires. BFNT has determined that the tires may be missing some sidewall marking (labeling) requirements.

Specifically, certain bias Bridgestone brand motorcycle and motor scooter tires that were manufactured in Japan fail to conform to the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 119 (49 CFR Chapter V, Part 571.119). The Tire Identification Number (TIN) is marked on the sidewall; however, the ?DOT? symbol is missing. In addition, the maximum load rating, corresponding inflation pressure markings, the ?tube type? markings, and the stamping indicating the ply cord material and the number of plies are missing from the sidewall.

These tires were sold in the replacement market through motorcycle shops and were not original equipment tires. The subject tires were manufactured for sale in the Japanese and European Markets and meet JATMA and ETRTO standards. System enhancements have been taken to assure that these tires will not be exported to the U.S. in the future.

The voluntary recall will continue until Nov. 30. Customers who have been identified as potential purchasers of the affected tires will be issued a letter stating that the owner should check all tires fitting the description to confirm they are the affected tires. Dealers will replace the tires at no charge to the customer.

Tires Included in this campaign:

ACCOLADE 4.00-18
ACCOLADE 3.50-19
ACCOLADE 3.50-18
BATTLAX 90/90-10
BATTLAX 3.50-10
RS10 2.50-17
SP UNIVERSAL 3.50-8

Motorcycle dealers will replace the tires at no charge to the customer until Nov. 30, when the program ends. For information about how to identify and replace the tires covered is available online.