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Michelin Announces Motorcycle Tire Recall

To date, no accidents or injuries reported

GREENVILLE, S.C., June 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Michelin has notified the
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Transport Canada
that it is recalling Michelin(R) Pilot(R) Power 2CT and Pilot(R) Power
120/70 ZR 17 (58W) front motorcycle tires with the "Made in France"
markings in the United States and Canada. This recall involves these
specific tires only and has no impact on any other Michelin tires. Related
actions are under way in other countries.
An examination of these tires showed a possible defect in the tread due
to a manufacturing irregularity. No cases of pressure loss have been
reported and no accidents have occurred.
Because rider safety is the primary concern, Michelin has decided as a
precaution to replace the 120/70 ZR 17 (58W) Michelin Pilot Power 2CT and
Michelin Pilot Power front tires, which can be identified by the following
markings on the sidewall:
-- a "Made in France" label
-- DOT 6UCW 980T or DOT 6UCW 979T
Any consumer in the United States or Canada who believes they are
affected by the recall should not wait to receive notification but should
call Michelin Consumer Relations at 1 866 324 2835.
The company will be replacing all potentially affected tires in a
comprehensive commitment to retrieve from the market any tire that does not
meet Michelin quality standards. Replacement tires are available at no cost
(including mounting and balancing) to consumers through participating
Michelin(R) motorcycle tire servicing retailers.
About Michelin
Dedicated to the improvement of sustainable mobility, Michelin designs,
manufactures and sells tires for every type of vehicle, including
airplanes, automobiles, bicycles, earthmovers, farm equipment, heavy-duty
trucks, motorcycles and the space shuttle. The company also publishes
travel guides, hotel and restaurant guides, maps and road atlases.
Headquartered in Greenville, S.C., Michelin North America
(http://www.michelin.com) employs more than 22,000 and operates 19 major
manufacturing plants in 17 locations.
About the DOT Code and Tire Identification Number
The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) markings serve as the
tire's fingerprint and signify compliance with U.S. Tire Safety Standards.
The DOT code can be found on the sidewall right above the rim printed in
small type less than half an inch tall.
Make sure your tire is of the make and model:
Michelin(R) Pilot(R) Power 2CT or Michelin(R) Pilot(R) Power 120/70 ZR
17 (58W)
Then, look for a DOT code 6UCW 980T or DOT 6UCW 979T on the sidewall.
If you are having difficulty identifying your tire's DOT code, please
ask your local tire dealer to assist you or call Michelin Consumer
Relations at 1 866 324 2835.


SOURCE Michelin
 
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And y'all making fun of my Stinko Shinko's ?!!!! Ha Ha ! 1500 miles and shiny side still up . And best of all, no recalls. :poop: :poop: :poop: :poop: :poop: :devil: :devil:
 

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yeah this sux, i"ve had mine on for a month...oh well better safe ..than sorry...
 
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i got down on my knees and smelled mine, it smelled good, so i knew it wasnt from France.

made in Spain never sounded so good.
 

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I called the 866 number, all they wanted to do was take your information. The actual swap is done at the tire place. I contacted swmototires and was informed that Michelin had not officially announced the recall in NA. That's not what I was told over the phone. Then went to a CycleGear who said they were aware of the recall but all their stock was affected also and they had nothing to swap with.
 

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I called the Michelin toll free number on Saturday who told me the recall would be handled through the regular retail channels. So I called my dealer & informed them about the recall. Of course, they knew nothing about it. The parts guy talked to their tire distributor and called me back (AMAZING!). All he could confirm was that there is a recall and that Michelin would be covering all the costs. I already knew that. He said they would have to go through their inventory and then have a conference call with the distributor on Monday to see how it will be handled. So I talked to him again today and all the tires in their inventory are affected by the recall. The distributor is supposed to be checking on available stocks of Spanish made tires and will let them know by the end of the week. I can see this taking months to get resolved.

So what do you think? How dangerous would it be to ride on these tires? The only posted incidences of tread separation were at very high speeds with heavy bikes. If one were to keep it under say 75 MPH the loadings would be less than 1/4 of the Greek failure (250 kph) as the forces go up to the square of the speed. Also that was a big K series BMW riding 2 up. How many other documented failures are there? Any at lower speeds?
 

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No, I'm serious. Hopefully not dead serious. It seems to me that very few tires are actually defective. The documented failures have occurred on heavier bikes with heavy loads ridden at extremely high rates of speed. The high loads and high speeds generate a lot of heat and the high speeds generate extremely high centripetal forces. At more moderate loadings riding in the mountains where the average speed is quite low & avoiding the temptation to blast down the straights the odds of failure are greatly reduced. I wouldn't take off for a flat out desert crossing loaded down with gear but a little blast through some 2nd & 3rd gear twisties.

The only reason I brought it up is it looks like it could be weeks or months before we get replacement tires.
 

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I just spoke with Michelin customer service about this. First the bad news, they have just started shipping replacement tires from France and they expect it will take 4 to 6 weeks to get them out to all the dealers around the world. Now the good news. They are recommending that you continue riding on the tires up to posted speed limits. No track days. I asked him about countries like Germany with unposted areas and he said he was only speaking for North America. I pushed him a little more and he said 80 MPH was the maximum they would recommend.
 

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Checked mine: Hecho En Espana! Glad to see the Frogs are making :poop:
 

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Well, only 2 months later I finally got my new tire. It took two trips to the dealer today, first time they mounted a regular Pilot Power, not a dual compound one like I had on it. I did not check it before I left. One of my riding buddies came by and asked if it was French of Spanish made. While checking the side wall (Spanish) I noticed it was the wrong tire. Quick phone call & I'm on my way back. At least I was out of town for the last 4 weekends so it didn't bother me that much. I just kept the speed under 80 (except for one or two passes where I hit about 90 for a second or two). Finally I can go over the ton again! :smitty:
 
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