Michelin recalls 77,000 tires for safety problem

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) - Michelin is recalling more than 77,000
bus tires because sidewall defects can cause them to lose air
rapidly, increasing the risk of a crash.

The Michelin XZU2, XZU3, and XM505 tires involved in the recall
were produced from 2005 to fall 2011 at Michelin's plant in
Spartanburg, S.C.

Michelin North America Inc. says its lease fleet customers
complained that some of the tires had lost air rapidly during use
as retreads over the past two years, prompting a company
investigation. It did not cite any instances of crashes.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced the
voluntary recall on its website. Michelin, based in Greenville,
S.C., is expected to begin the recall April 30.

Customers with questions can call the traffic safety agency at
(888) 327-4236 or go to http://www.safercar.gov .

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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