LOS ANGELES (Oct. 26, 2000)—Goodyear´s 16-inch Load Range E light truck tires—including the Goodyear Wrangler AT and HT tires—have had tread separations which caused eight deaths on U.S. roads, according to an article in today´s Los Angeles Times.
The Times gleaned the information from court documents involving lawsuits which the Akron-based tire maker settled. A Goodyear spokesman told the Times the company received a number of complaints on the Load Range E tires beginning in 1995, but didn´t tell the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration because internal tests indicated the tires were "free of any manufacturing or design defects."
A NHTSA spokesman said the agency has 58 complaints on file concerning Goodyear light truck tires, including reports of four crashes, one death and one injury. NHTSA has not tabulated the vehicles on which these tires are original equipment, because there is no investigation. The agency will continue to "look for a pattern or trend" and encourages motorists to "share what they know," the spokesman said.