Michelin Recalls 500,000 Tires Over Traction Concern

Michelin North America, Inc. and Michelin North America (Canada), Inc. are voluntarily recalling MICHELIN® Agilis® CrossClimate® C-Metric tires, in sizes 185/60R15C, 195/75R16C, 205/65R15C, 205/75R16C, 225/75R16C, 235/65R16C.

The tires are labeled as snow tires, but they don’t have sufficient traction to perform in all snow conditions, the company says. As such, these tires fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 139, “New Pneumatic Radial Tires for Light Vehicles” and Canadian Technical Standards Document (TSD) 139.

Agilis® CrossClimate® C-Metric sizes are commercial service heavy duty light truck tires, with a design that differs from the Agilis® CrossClimate® LT-Metric design. The LT-Metric tire design meets the requirement for the Alpine Symbol and all LT-Metric sizes are qualified for severe snow service. Additionally, the CrossClimate® and CrossClimate® 2 passenger and SUV tire lines are not affected by this recall.

Owners should receive a letter in the mail in June about the safety risk of continuing to drive on the tires. Michelin says it’s still working on a remedy, but tires will be replaced free of charge. Drivers with questions about the recall can contact Michelin at 1-888-971-3801.