If you own Michelin tires and want to find more information on Michelin defects or any tire recalls, there are two primary resources you can use to glean more information: the manufacturer’s website and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Staying educated on one of the most important purchases a person can make, your family vehicle, is an important part of increasing the life of your tires and your automobile.
Staying in the Loop about Michelin Defects
The primary resource for determining if your Michelin defect has been announced and the tire recalled is the manufacturer. Michelin’s practice is to notify all registered tire owners of any Michelin defect recalls that affect their particular products, including details on what type of Michelin defect is present and the remedy.
It’s important to note that if your tires are not officially registered with Michelin, you might not be notified if there is a product warranty concern, safety issue or recall. Tire owners can register their tires online. “Make sure your tires are registered to receive direct notification in the event of a safety-related recall,” is standard boilerplate language on multiple tire manufacturer websites.
Consumers can search the manufacturer’s website for Michelin defect recalls at any time by going to Home > Automotive Tires > Michelin Safety Recalls. Remember, the easiest way to avoid defective tire accidents is to learn how to identify a defective tire before purchasing it.
You can also stay up to date on recalls after tire purchase by:
- sign up for the company’s email alerts to be notified of any important news; or
- contact Michelin Consumer Care at 866-866-6605 between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday and 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturdays.
Using the NHTSA for Michelin Tire Information
The other way Michelin tire owners can check for the latest safety reports and Michelin defect recalls is using NHTSA resources. The NHTSA runs safercar.gov, a website dedicated to a wide range of automobile safety-related topics. One of the functions available on the site is a database under the Vehicle Owners tab, where you can search for any recalls, investigations and complaints for your particular tire line.
In addition to its website, the NHTSA offers three ways consumers can stay up to date on defective tire reports and recalls:
- Email alerts – On the Vehicle Owner page of safercar.gov, you can sign up for email alerts in just a couple of clicks. You can select to receive email on recalls for tires, as well as alerts on your particular type of vehicle.
- RSS feed – If you prefer your news in RSS form instead of, or in addition to, email alerts, you can opt in to the safercar.gov feed.
- App – The NHTSA released a safercar.gov app in 2013 that will notify you of recalls and safety ratings. It’s available in both the Google Playstore and the App Store
What to Do When You Are Sure You Have a Michelin Defect
If you determined that you have defective Michelin tires, you’ll want to report them to Michelin, as well as to the NHTSA. If your tire is under recall, you can contact the manufacturer directly, which will be required to remedy Michelin defects (usually by providing replacement tires) free of charge.
If you have been involved in an accident as the result of a defective tire, you’ll want to speak to a defective product lawyer at Chalik & Chalik in Florida. You might be able to take legal action to recover your damages from the accident if it was caused by manufacturer errors. Call to discuss your tire situation: 855-971-1662.