Goodyear Recalls 48,500 Fortera HL Tires

Cracks in tire tread can increase the risk of a tire blowout when the vehicle is in operation. It can lead to loss of tire pressure, then tire failure, and then an accident in some cases.

Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company recently announced a recall of 48,512 Fortera HL P255/65R18 109S tires because of cracks in the tire tread. The cracks became evident during tire endurance testing inspections. The tires were manufactured between November 30, 2014 and January 10, 2015.

GM Recalls Vehicles Because of the Tires

These tires were installed on a number of General Motors vehicles. The tires were installed as original equipment on these cars. As a result of the tire problems, General Motors recalled several SUV models – the 2015 Chevrolet Traverse, GMC Acadia, and Buick Enclave.

The company has already asked all of its dealers to stop selling the affected vehicles immediately. Of the 48,512 tires under recall, about 32,100 were made for GM crossover vehicles. The remaining tires are replacements.

What to Do if You are a Goodyear Tire or GM Vehicle Owner

If you own a General Motors vehicle that has these tires installed as original equipment, get in touch with your dealer immediately. GM is replacing any tires on the three vehicles affected by the recall, free of charge.

If you own one of the GM vehicles, you can get in touch with General Motors at one of the following numbers.

  • 1-800-521-7300 if you own a Buick
  • 1-800-222-1020 if you own a Chevrolet
  • 1-800-462-8782 if you own a GMC

Meanwhile, if you own a replacement equipment tire affected by the recall, contact Goodyear for a replacement free of charge. You can contact Goodyear directly at 1-800-592-3267. Goodyear will contact owners of replacement equipment tires for which it has registration information.

Manufacturer Liability for Defective Tires

This is not the first recall of Goodyear tires. While there are no reported accidents related to this potential tire problem, consumers should be aware that a manufacturer may be liable should a defective auto part cause a wreck. This includes the tire manufacturer or even the vehicle manufacturer. For example, if one of these tires were to cause an accident in which a driver suffered injuries, then Goodyear and even GM may be liable.

In the event you suffer injuries in an accident related to a defective tire, contact Chalik & Chalik at 855-529-0269 to set up a consultation. You can also fill out our contact form to schedule your appointment and review your case.