WASHINGTON (Feb. 5, 2003) — The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has granted the petitions of inconsequential noncompliance of Goodyear and Michelin North America Inc.'s Uniroyal Goodrich Tire Co. unit for mislabeled tires.
The agency found the errors wouldn't affect the performance of the tires, and so the tire makers will not have to initiate formal recalls to correct the problems.
Goodyear found that approximately 2,400 of 66,697 of its P275/55R20 Eagle LS and P275/70R16 Wrangler SRA tires manufactured between May 25 and June 16, 2002, were labeled as having polyester cord, when actually the cord was nylon.
Michelin said 11,262 Uniroyal Tiger Paw AWP tires made in Woodburn, Ind., between the fifth and 48th weeks of 2000 were marked “SIDEWALL 2 ply,” instead of the correct “SIDEWALL 1 ply.”
Goodyear said it tested the wrongly marked Eagles and Wranglers and found they met all federal standards; Michelin said only 3,796 of the Tiger Paws had been shipped, and the rest had been isolated in warehouses.