Michelin Offers Free Replacement of Recalled Vintage Tires

Michelin vintage tires are popular with sports car buffs in the United States.
Michelin Tire Co.’s North American branch is recalling nearly 17,000 MICHELIN® Vintage Collection tires that were sold in the United States from 2007-2022. Michelin will replace the tires, free of charge, but has not provided a schedule for recall notifications.
The recall applies to certain X, XWX, Pilot  X, XVS, TRX, MXV, XAS, TB 15, XDX, ZX, VHC, TB 5, XM+ and PB 20 specialty tires, if they were sold in the United States. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the DOT certification symbol was not molded into the sidewalls of these vintage-look specialty tires.
According to NHTSA regulations, the tires fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards. The tires are missing a DOT symbol. According to NHTSA, that may cause inappropriate applications that increase the risk of a crash.
NHTSA requires that manufacturers comply with a tire marking system that helps ensure tire safety and performance on US roadways. When marked on the side of tires, the letters “DOT” constitute a certification by the maker that the tire meets all Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS). The low-volume specialty tire lines listed above were inadvertently exported to the U.S. without the required DOT marking.
The tires meet European ECE safety standards. No safety issue related to Michelin vintage tires has been reported in the U.S. More information can be obtained at Michelin Consumer Care (1-888-971-3801) or Michelin Customer Service (1-866-324-2835).
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John “Gunner” Gunnell has been writing about cars since ‘72. As a kid in Staten Island, N.Y., he played with a tin Marx “Service Garage” loaded with toy vehicles, his favorite being a Hubley hot rod. In 2010, he opened Gunner’s Great Garage, in Manawa, Wis., a shop that helps enthusiasts restore cars. To no one’s surprise, he decorated 3G’s with tin gas stations and car toys. Gunner started writing for two car club magazines. In 1978, publisher Chet Krause hired him at Old Cars Weekly, where he worked from 1978-2008. Hot rodding legend LeRoi “Tex” Smith was his boss for a while. Gunner had no formal journalism training, but working at a weekly quickly taught him the trade. Over three decades, he’s met famous collectors, penned thousands of articles and written over 85 books. He lives in Iola, Wis., with his nine old cars, three trucks and seven motorcycles.

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