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Firestone/Lemans Tire Recall

Tire Brand Name / Tire Line / Tire Size:     Production Dates:
    FIRESTONE / FR380 / P235/75R15     JUN 04, 2006 - SEP 08, 2007
    LEMANS / CHAMPION SE / P235/75R15     JUN 04, 2006 - SEP 02, 2006
Manufacturer: BRIDGESTONE/FIRESTONE NORTH AMERICA TIRE Mfr's Report Date: OCT 22, 2008
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 08T026000 NHTSA Action Number: N/A
Component: TIRES:TREAD/BELT
Potential Number of Units Affected: 162251
Summary:
 BRIDGESTONE/FIRESTONE NORTH AMERICA TIRE, LLC (BFNT) IS RECALLING 135,310 FIRESTONE FR380 TIRES, SIZE P235/75R15, MANUFACTURED BETWEEN JUNE 4, 2006 AND SEPTEMBER 8, 2007, AND 26,941 LEMANS CHAMPION SE TIRES, SIZE P235/75R15, MANUFACTURED BETWEEN JUNE 4, 2006 AND SEPTEMBER 2, 2006. THESE TIRES WERE PRODUCED WITH INSUFFICIENT TREAD BASE GUAGE.
Consequence:
 CONTINUED USE OF THE SUBJECT TIRES MAY LEAD TO VIBRATION AND GROOVE CRACKING. EXTENDED USE COULD LEAD TO TREAD DISTORTION OR TREAD SEPARATION AND LOSS OF VEHICLE CONTROL.
Remedy:
 BFNT WILL NOTIFY OWNERS AND REPLACE THE AFFECTED TIRES FREE OF CHARGE. BFNT WILL ALSO MOUNT AND BALANCE THE REPLACEMENT TIRES, ALL AT NO CHARGE OR EXPENSE TO THE OWNER. THE RECALL BEGAN ON OCTOBER 24, 2008. OWNERS MAY CONTACT BFNT TOLL-FREE AT 1-800-465-1904 OR VISIT THEIR WEBSITE AT WWW.FIRESTONETIRE.COM.
Notes:
 CUSTOMERS MAY CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153); OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.