Continental Tire has issued a recall covering approximately 100,000 Continental, General and Barum tires in North America due to a manufacturing defect that could cause a blowout.
Nearly two dozen vehicle brands are affected including Acura, Audi, BMW, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Ford, Fiat, GMC, Honda, Jeep, Lexus, Lincoln, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, Infiniti, Ram, Subaru, Toyota and Volkswagen.
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In Canada, the list includes the following models (with the number of affected units):
- 2018 Toyota RAV4 (5,315)
- 2019 Ford Escape, 2018 F-150, 2018-2020 F-250 and 2018-2020 F-350 (3,082)
- 2020 Buick Enclave, 2020 Cadillac Escalade, 2019 Chevrolet Blazer, 2018-2021 Express, 2019-2020 Silverado, 2020 Suburban, 2020 Tahoe, 2020 Traverse, 2019-2020 GMC Acadia, 2018-2019 Savana, 2019-2020 Sierra, 2020 Yukon 2020 and 2020 Yukon XL (2,360)
- 2019-2020 Nissan Altima and 2018-2021 TITAN (1,393)
- 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE (1,291)
- 2018-2019 Volkswagen Atlas (324)
- 2019 Honda Passport and 2019-2020 Pilot (122)
It’s possible this list will expand in the next few weeks to include more models.
The problem is simple. Some of the tires on these vehicles may have been cured for too long. As a result, the sidewall could crack or the tread and belts could separate, thus compromising handling and increasing the risk of a crash.
Continental says it is not aware of any accidents or injuries related to this recall.
Affected owners will be notified by mail. They will need to visit their dealer to inspect and replace the tires, if necessary. Those who have purchased potentional faulty replacement tires made by Continental will receive a notice, as well.
By the way, if one of your tires blows out while you’re driving, don’t immediately hit the brakes and pull over to the shoulder. Rather, you should hold the steering wheel firmly, ease off the throttle and brake gently before pulling over where it’s safe.