Hankook Tire America Corp. is voluntarily recalling some of their Kinergy GT H436 tires. This model tire was originally standard equipment on the Chevy 2021-2022 Equinox and GMC Terrain vehicles.
Reports state that Hankook Tire America Corp. informed the National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration NHTSA about the tire’s defect. The affected tires were manufactured with an insufficient curative agent. Unfortunately, the lack of a curative agent may lead to the separation of the tread. For obvious reasons, the separation of the tread will lead to a blowout of the tire and even a potentially deadly crash.
About 33,000 crashes occur every year due to bad tires, according to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). Approximately 270 crashes between the years 2000 and 2015 were caused by a tire blowout, resulting in approximately 200 deaths per year in the United States. However, no fatalities have been reported thus far due to this tire recall.
The current recall will affect approximately 7,082 Equinox and Terrain SUVs, made by General Motors. Owners of the affected GM vehicles will receive a mailed recall notice to take their Equinox or Terrain back to a dealership, to have a technician inspect the tires. It is reported the dealership will replace the affected tires at no cost. Notices of the recall should be provided by mail to the affected GM vehicle owners.
If you or someone you know has suffered due to an automobile defect-related injury or loss of a family member, contact an attorney at Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Agosto, Aziz, & Stogner by calling 713-222-7211 or toll-free at 1-800-594-4884.