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Motorcycle Tire Recall - Bridgestone/Firestone Tire for Triumph Rocket III

NHTSA Campaign ID:  09T004000
Component:  Tires
Manufacturer:  Bridgestone/Firestone North America Tire
Recall Date: 03/31/2009
Potential Number of Units Affected: 1018
Defect Summary:
Bridgestone America's tire operation (Bridgestone) is recalling 1,018 Bridgestone Exedra G850 G motorcycle tires, size 180/70R16 77H, sold as original equipment for model year 2008 and 2009 Triumph Rocket III Touring motorcycles. The motorcycle to which these tires are applied develops very high torque and can cause torque-induced degradation in a body ply which may result in innerliner cracking that may lead to a slow leak in the rear tire. This condition does not affect the front tire.
Consequence Summary:
The affected tires may begin to vibrate at moderate speeds. Continued use of a tire with this condition could lead to a vehicle crash.
Corrective Summary:
Bridgestone is working with Triumph to notify owners and the defective tires will be replaced free of charge. In addition, the front tire will be replaced free of charge due to the matching requirements of the motorcycle. The safety recall is expected to begin during April 2009. Owners may contact Bridgestone toll-free at 1-800-465-1904.

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