Most of the affected tires were installed as original equipment on certain 2008 and 2009 model year Ford F-250 and F-350 trucks. About 60,000 of the tires were sold in the replacement market.
The tires met all Federal safety standards. However, they did not meet Continental’s performance expectations in the field, the company reports.
The tires were manufactured between May 2007 and September 2008 at the firm’s San Luis Potosi plant in Mexico.
Continental will notify owners of affected vehicles and make available replacement tires free of charge.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has been advised of the situation as the company begins “intensive communication” with dealers, wholesalers and customers who purchased the tires.
Consumers seeking more information, including instructions for identifying the recalled tires, locating participating dealers or general inquiries can go to www.continentaltire.com or call 888-799 -2168.