GREENVILLE, S.C. (Sept. 27, 2004) — To support the standard fitment of the Pax run-flat tire/wheel system on the 2005 Honda Odyssey Touring, Michelin North America Inc. and Honda North America Inc. are making sure all 1,000 Honda and about 200 selected Michelin dealership locations in North America are equipped with a replacement Pax unit.
Michelin said it seeks to keep Odyssey owners satisfied by providing quick repair or replacement of Pax system tires through a “multi-tiered service program.” Michelin said each Honda dealership location will have on hand a Pax system “hatbox,” or a complete, ready-to-use Pax system.
Odyssey owners requiring tire service can locate the nearest service spot by calling (877) PAXTIRE, Michelin said.
Honda dealers will remove the Pax system assembly from the vehicle, replace it with the system from the hatbox, inflate the new tire and send the customer on his or her way, Michelin said.
The used Pax assembly is then placed in the recyclable hatbox and returned to Michelin for inspection and analysis, the company said. A new hatbox then will be delivered to the dealer.
The 200-plus authorized Michelin dealership service locations will provide more traditional repair or replacement of Pax system tires, Michelin said. In addition, Michelin will rely on its 32 TCI Tire Centers L.L.C. distribution points to supply to the remainder of the Michelin dealer network with Pax hatboxes as needed.
Michelin also said it is boosting its standard tire warranty on Pax to include replacement for road hazards during the first two years or 50 percent of tread wear coverage at no charge.
Michelin said this approach is modeled after the assurance plan already in use with its Zero Pressure tire fitments on the Dodge Viper and Cadillac XLR.
“As more vehicles take to the road with Pax system, the traditional service and repair networks will continue to grow with them,” said Tom Chubb, vice president of marketing for Michelin Automotive Industries Division. “We are committed to taking care of our Pax system customers and all those new Honda Odyssey Touring owners.”
Pax system tires can be repaired using standard Rubber Manufacturers Association methods and materials and returned to service, Michelin said, unlike some self-supporting tires, which cannot be repaired if punctured.
Pax system assemblies can be serviced and repaired using existing tire mounting equipment with an accessories kit available from several sources in the U.S., including Corghi S.p.A., Accu Industries Inc. and Hunter Engineering Co.