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Old 12-17-2013, 04:33 PM   #43
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Very coincidental that as these Michelins became more popular for ST use, we're seeing a recall for same problem that plagued GYM's
I certainly hope it's a coincidence and not an anti-travel trailer plot.

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I certainly hope it's a coincidence and not an anti-travel trailer plot.

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that appears to only effects the big ones...
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Old 12-17-2013, 04:47 PM   #45
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Well, in my case, if my tires are included, it will be a good thing. I was going to take the trailer to discount tire to get the tires rotated this spring. It would be even nicer to exchange them for 5 new ones.

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Old 12-17-2013, 09:50 PM   #46
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I read this tire recall tidbit last weekend and on Monday ordered five of the Michelin LT225/75R16/E LTX M/S2 tires while they still had some in stock at the distributor in California. I was planning on ordering in January anyway.

Both the local CostCo Tire and Discount Tire folks think there is a strong probability that the M/S2 tire will be used as replacements for the prior generation M/S tires. Needing 1.3 million replacements in an expedited fashion could put a crimp in the supply chain.
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Old 12-18-2013, 05:35 AM   #47
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Thanks, Typical Govt redundancy.....I guess the fact that "Michelin LTX M/S" molded in right above the DOT code means nothing.
Not exactly.

That code is also used to distinguish between versions of the tire as it changes over time. It's also used to distinguish between families of constructions - like the difference between an LT and a P type. Or other types of things like that. The code can also be used to embed other odd bits of info than might be of interest - and using a different code would make it easy to sort out using a computer.

It's an optional code that the tire manufacturer can do with as he sees fit.
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Old 12-18-2013, 06:39 AM   #48
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Very coincidental that as these Michelins became more popular for ST use, we're seeing a recall for same problem that plagued GYM's
Hi Boondockdad,
Is there any way to find out the who, where, what of the 20 claims that Michelin received? I looked on the safecar.gov site, but didn't find any solid, clear information. It would be great to know the details of the 20 cases.

"Michelin said it had detected a “tread/belt endurance” problem through warranty claims and 20 claims from consumers seeking reimbursement for damage to their vehicles but there had been no reports of injuries."

Maybe they were used on a heavy van or Class B or C MoHo. I know we are all interested to know if any of the claims were on a travel trailer. We may never know.

I do have to give a lot of credit to Michelin for handling the problem. It does take that kind of effort (and money) to keep your good name. They are definitely putting safety and quality ahead of profit.
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Old 12-18-2013, 10:19 AM   #49
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Hi Boondockdad,
Is there any way to find out the who, where, what of the 20 claims that Michelin received? I looked on the safecar.gov site, but didn't find any solid, clear information. It would be great to know the details of the 20 cases.

"Michelin said it had detected a “tread/belt endurance” problem through warranty claims and 20 claims from consumers seeking reimbursement for damage to their vehicles but there had been no reports of injuries."

Maybe they were used on a heavy van or Class B or C MoHo. I know we are all interested to know if any of the claims were on a travel trailer. We may never know.

I do have to give a lot of credit to Michelin for handling the problem. It does take that kind of effort (and money) to keep your good name. They are definitely putting safety and quality ahead of profit.
Whether Michelin LT's are in fact being used more for ST service is my opinion, only. My data is strictly anecdotal, gleaned from various RV sites.

AFA data on nature of recalls; I would guess manufacturers would keep that pretty close to the vest. I'm pretty sure there are other members here who could better answer that.

Always been very happy with Michelin, on truck and trailer. I remember talking to a special vehicle operations engineer at Ford years ago, and he told me Michelin was lightyears ahead of the other tire manufacturers in design and construction.

With respect to 'doing the right thing'-- Goodyear paid tire replacement and insurance deductibles, on both my GYM failure incidents (but I never saw any recalls)
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Old 12-18-2013, 05:34 PM   #50
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Michelin recall

Folks: Thought I would post results of our experience with the Michelin recall, which was outstanding.

I learned of the recall on Sunday and wondered if my Michelin tires might be affected. I purchased the 16" wheels and tires at Jackson Center two years ago to replace our GYM 15's. Since that time we have put just under 20K miles on the trailer with nothing but outstanding tire performance.

I noted on the recall announcement that the Michelin 800 number was manned on Sunday, and dog gone if I did not get to speak to a real person in Canada after maybe three rings of the phone. Try that with AT&T!

The Michelin fellow was most helpful, confirmed my tires were subject to the recall and gave me three potential local dealers to go to for replacement at no charge.

On Monday, I called my dealer. They were not aware of the recall and contacted Michelin for details. By Monday afternoon they had five brand new tires waiting for me.

Today I had the new tires installed. The dealer noted what a great company Michelin is to handle this recall in this manner....no adjustments or hassles, just replace the tire at no charge to the customer.

I could not agree more. We feel like we just got two years use of the original tires for free with excellent service.

We have used Michelin exclusively on our passenger vehicles for years and still think they are the best tire value on the market. This experience verifies that perception.
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Could not have happened to a nicer fellow Tater! Glad it worked out for you.
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Could not have happened to a nicer fellow Tater! Glad it worked out for you.
Thanks, Joe! Looking forward to seeing your new rig at Canopener.
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Old 12-24-2013, 03:17 AM   #53
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Upgraded all five at Alumapalooza 2011 and all five are part of the recall. Looks like that's about $1,175 worth of new tires coming my way.

Interestingly enough, and I am not suggesting a dangerous condition or connection with the recall, but after two years of flawless service, my tires are showing some sidewall cracking.
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Old 12-24-2013, 07:44 AM   #54
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I was relieved when I checked mine yesterday and found out that they were MS2's. Got them from Airstream in October.
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Old 12-24-2013, 10:30 AM   #55
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I was relieved when I checked mine yesterday and found out that they were MS2's. Got them from Airstream in October.
Assuming you mean October 2013: If they were from the recalled period, I doubt you would have accepted them, because the would have been well over a year old. The recalled tires were last manufactured in the week ending on June 23, 2012.

My tires were manufactured two weeks prior to that.

Another thing the DTC guy asked me to check was the DOT code and make sure it starts with B3. I haven't gotten around to that yet.

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Yes, I should have clarified I meant 2013. I bought the trailer in September, and changed out the GYM tires then. My 25 Eddie Bauer that I traded in had the MS tires.

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