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Crash Involving Recalled Tire Under Investigation

Zaha Irfan3 years ago

A fatal church van crash is currently under investigation in Lake City, Florida. The crash is believed to have been caused by a tire failure, the tire was a part of a product recall issued in July 2012. 

About the Fatal Church Van Accident

According to the Florida Times-Union, the accident occurred when the recalled tire blew out on the New Port Richey’s First Baptists Church van. The van was on Interstate 75 when the accident occurred.

Two adults were killed as a result of the accident, and seven children and another adult in the van were seriously injured.

The National Transportation Safety Board said that it is currently investigating whether the church received the safety recall notice from BFGoodrich Commercial.

Representatives from the BFGoodrich and its parent company Michelin have not commented on the accident.

Details of the Recalled Tire

  • The recalled tire was sold under the model name “BFGoodrich Commercial T/A A/S,” and size numbers LT 235/85 R16 120 Q LRE and LT 245/75 R16 120 Q LRE.
  • They were produced from April 2010 until the end of July 2012. The recall has been in place for two years.
  • The tires are normally used on commercial trucks and large heavy-duty vans. Some consumers may have also purchased the tires for their personal vehicles. 
  • They were shown to exhibit tread loss and rapid air loss as a result of tread belt separation.
  • According to the National Transportation Safety Board, a total of 794,000 tires were recalled by BF Goodrich Commercial.

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