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John Stewart

RECALL: MICHELIN / PILOT ALPIN / PA2 ZP 225/50R17 94H


Tire Brand Name / Tire Line / Tire Size: Production Dates:
MICHELIN / PILOT ALPIN / PA2 ZP 225/50R17 94HSEP 17, 2006 - JUN 14, 2008
Manufacturer: MICHELIN NORTH AMERICA, INC.Mfr's Report Date: JAN 16, 2009
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 09T002000 NHTSA Action Number: N/A
Component: TIRES:MARKINGS
Potential Number of Units Affected: 784
Summary:
MICHELIN IS RECALLING 784 MICHELIN PILOT ALPIN PA2 ZP TIRES, SIZE 225/50R17 94H, PRODUCED FROM SEPTEMBER 17, 2006 THROUGH JUNE 14, 2008. THESE TIRES FAIL TO CONFORM TO THE LABELING REQUIREMENTS OF FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD NO. 139, "NEW PNEUMATIC RADIAL TIRES FOR LIGHT VEHICLES." THE "DOT" SYMBOL OF THE DOT TIN IS MISSING.
Consequence:
WITHOUT THE "DOT" SYMBOL ON THE SIDEWALL, THE TIRE CONTAINS NO DECLARATION AS TO ITS CERTIFICATION.
Remedy:
MICHELIN WILL NOTIFY OWNERS AND REPLACE THE NONCOMPLIANT TIRES FREE OF CHARGE, INCLUDING MOUNTING AND BALANCING. THE RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING JANUARY 2009. OWNERS MAY CONTACT MICHELIN CONSUMER CARE TOLL-FREE AT 1-800-847-3435 BETWEEN 8:00AM AND 8:00PM EST MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY.
Notes:
CUSTOMERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV .
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John Stewart

Arctic Cat Recalls Snowmobiles Due to Fire Hazard

Picture of Recalled Snowmobile

December 16, 2008
Alert #09-713

The following product safety recall was voluntarily conducted by the firm in cooperation with the CPSC. Consumers should stop using the product immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: Model Year 2009 Arctic Cat Mountain Cat and Crossfire Snowmobiles

Units: About 10,000

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John Stewart

Cooper Tire Recall Issued

Tire Brand Name / Tire Line / Tire Size:  COOPER / CS4 TOURING (VR) / 215/55R17
Manufacturer: COOPER TIRE & RUBBER CO.
Production Dates: SEP 07, 2008 - OCT 11, 2008
Mfr's Report Date: DEC 11, 2008
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 08T029000

Component: TIRES:TREAD/BELT

Summary:
COOPER TIRE IS RECALLING 1,692 COOPER CS4 TOURING (VR) TIRES, SIZE 215/55R17, PRODUCED BETWEEN SEPTEMBER 7 AND OCTOBER 11, 2008. THESE TIRES MAY HAVE BEEN CURED FOR AN INADEQUATE AMOUNT OF TIME.

Consequence:
THIS CONDITION CAN LEAD TO TREAD SEPARATION, POSSIBLY RESULTING IN LOSS OF VEHICLE CONTROL AND A CRASH.

Remedy:
COOPER TIRE WILL NOTIFY OWNERS AND REPLACE, MOUNT, AND BALANCE ANY DEFECTIVE TIRES FREE OF CHARGE. DEALERS WILL EXAMINE SUSPECT TIRES TO SEE IF THEY FALL IN THE RECALL POPULATION. THE RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN ON OR ABOUT DECEMBER 18, 2008. OWNERS MAY CONTACT COOPER TIRE CONSUMER RELATIONS TOLL-FREE AT 1-800-854-6288.

Notes:
COOPER TIRE'S RECALL NO. 151. CUSTOMERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV

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John Stewart

New ATV Safety Rules Coming

Atv
New safety act gets tough on ATVs — but not tough enough
from Consumer Reports on Safety by Consumer Reports on Safety

All terrain vehicles—or ATVs—continue to take lives, particularly young lives.

But in a small step in the right direction, ATVs will be subject to some additional safety standards in the future, and three-wheel ATVs are now banned altogether, due to some new mandatory requirements in the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA).

The ATV provisions of the CPSIA require that any new ATV sold in the U.S. be subject to an action plan—a written protocol that prescribes steps the ATV maker or seller must take to ensure ATV safety, such as rider training, distribution of safety information, and appropriate age recommendations. Future ATV action plans must be approved by the CPSC, and each new ATV offered for sale must bear a label certifying its compliance with the applicable action plan.

Additionally, new three-wheeled ATVs may no longer be sold or imported into the U.S. until the CPSC creates and implements a safety standard for them. The CPSIA also requires the Government Accountability Office to study the costs of injuries and accidents associated with ATV use.

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John Stewart

IIHS 2009 Top Safety Pick awards announced

2 winners of 2009 Top Safety Pick awards; almost every category from minicar to large pickup has a winner

ARLINGTON, VA — Seventy-two vehicles earn the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's Top Safety Pick award for 2009. This is more than double the number of 2008 recipients and more than 3 times the number of 2007 winners. Top Safety Pick recognizes vehicles that do the best job of protecting people in front, side, and rear crashes based on good ratings in Institute tests. Winners also have to have electronic stability control (ESC), which research shows significantly reduces crash risk.

For the first time ever, winners represent every class of vehicle the Institute tests except microcars. Most car, minivan, and SUV models, midsize convertibles, and small and large pickups are eligible. Ford and its subsidiary Volvo have 16 winners, including the Ford F-150 large pickup. Thirteen winners are from Honda and its Acura division. The Honda Fit with optional ESC is the first minicar to earn Top Safety Pick.

Honda, Acura, and Subaru, which picked up 4 awards, are standouts for 2009 because they have at least 1 Top Safety Pick in every vehicle class in which they compete.

"Consumers are the biggest winners," says Institute president Adrian Lund. "No matter what kind of vehicle buyers may be considering, now they can walk into just about any dealership and find one that affords the best overall protection in serious crashes."

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