China Manufacturers Alliance Recalls Bluestar Tires
On November 18, 2014, China Manufacturers Alliance, LLC (“CMA”), filed a Safety Recall Report with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration concerning its Bluestar tire line, model no. LQ225, low platform trailer tire. According to the Recall Report, the defective tires were produced between February 24, 2013 and August 9, 2014. CMA lists the number of potentially involved tires at 10,462, three percent of which are estimated as having a defect.
Defective tires develop sidewall blisters during normal use. The concern is that the sidewall blisters could pop, causing the tire to lose air and result in loss of control and a collision. CMA reports that it noticed an increase in tire adjustment claims for this particular model of tire from 2013 to 2014. The increased claims involved similar descriptions in defects – blisters on the sidewalls of the tires.
Owners and dealers with the recalled tires should have received notifications from CMA between December 12 – 31, 2014. The defective tires were sold to nine different distributors. The notice to distributors will provide instructions regarding the return of unsold tires. Purchasers who have already replaced the tires can seek reimbursement provided they have documentation showing prior ownership of the recalled tire and proof of purchase of the replacement tire.