WASHINGTON — Continental Tire the Americas L.L.C. has filed a petition with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), requesting a determination of inconsequential noncompliance involving a mislabeling issue on approximately 111,500 passenger tires.
At issue are tires manufactured between Aug. 3, 2014 and March 25, 2017, Conti told NHTSA. These include the following models and sizes:
- XL Continental Cross Contact XHP, size 255/55R18 109Y;
- Barum Brilliantis 2, size 175/70R13 82T;
- Continental ContiTrac, size P225/70R15 100S;
- XL General Grabber UHP, size 275/55R20 117V;
- Continental ExtremeContact DWS, size 285/30ZR20 99W XL;
- Continental CrossContact LX20, size 245/55R19 103S;
- XL Continental CrossContact LX20, size 285/45R 114H; and
- General Altimax RT43, size 215/45R17 87V.
Because of a mold error, the number of tread plies on the sidewalls do not match the actual number of plies, according to Conti, which did not identify the factory or factories involved.
The mislabeling has no impact on the performance of the tires, and all of them meet or exceed federal performance requirements, Conti said.
Also, NHTSA has granted petitions of inconsequential noncompliance in similar cases, the tire maker said.
NHTSA is accepting comments on the Conti petition. The notice appears in the Sept. 29 Federal Register, and can be found online.