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Continental Recalls 170,000 Motorcycle Tires

Michelin Recalls 1.3 Million TiresOn August 11, 2014, Continental Tire recalled 170,000 defective motorcycle tires. The recall includes Conti Attack, Road Attack, Sport Attack, and Race Attack tire lines. Continental’s Korbach, Germany, plant manufactured all the tires. Affected tires have an increased risk of sudden air loss and tread separation. Tire Safety Group encourages all motorcycle owners to check their tires by entering the tire’s DOT code here.

Defective as Designed

Continental’s website acknowledges that the tire’s current design presents an unacceptable risk to consumers.[1] A new design is already in production. Continental states that it has implemented a “construction change.” Continental promises that the changes “will fully meet the requirements of their intended application.”[2] Meaning, the new design should be less likely to fail during reasonable and ordinary usage.

Continental did not state whether its other motorcycle tire lines share a similar design. But, it did note that the ContiSportContact 2 K is not included in the recall. “[The 2 K] features a construction that is substantially different from the products in scope of the campaign[.]”[3]

Identifying Recalled Motorcycle Tires

The easiest way to determine whether a tire is included in any recall is to get a free Tire Facts Report from the Tire Safety Group here. The following tires are included in Continental’s most recent motorcycle tire recall:

ContiSportAttack tires in size 120/70 ZR 17 M/C (58W) TL with DOT codes starting with ‘CP8B B5MV’ and ending with any number between 1008 and 2614;

ContiSportAttack2 tires in size 120.70 ZR 17 M/C (58W) TL with DOT codes starting with ‘CP8B B5M4’ and ending with any number between 4811 and 2614;

ContiAttack SM tires in size 120/70 R 17 M/C (58H) TL, with DOT codes starting with ‘CP8B BXM9’ and ending with any number between 1011 and 2614;

ContiRaceAttack Comp. Soft tires in size 120/70 ZR 17 M/C (58W) TL, with DOT codes starting with ‘CP8B B5M1’ and ending with any number between 1907 and 2614;

ContiRaceAttack Comp. Medium tires in size 120/70 ZR 17 M/C (58W) TL, with DOT codes starting with ‘CP8B B5M1’ and ending with any number between 2307 and 2614;

ContiRaceAttack Comp. Endurance tires in size 120/70 ZR 17 M/C (58W) TL, with DOT codes starting with ‘CP8B 918B’ and ending with any number between 3011 and 2614; and

ContiRoadAttack 2 GTW tires in size 120/70 ZR 17 M/C (58w) TL, with DOT codes starting with ‘CP8B 91ES’ and ending with any number between 2513 and 2614.

Click here to see the Tire Safety Group’s guide on locating a tire’s complete DOT Code

Only tires with the exact brand name, product line, tire size and DOT codes above are included in the recall. As an example, here are photographs of a Continental 120/70ZR17 ContiSportAttack 2 tire with DOT code CP8B B5M4 2612:

2014-Conti-Motorcycle Recall1  2014-Conti-Motorcycle Recall3

Sold as Original Equipment and Replacement Motorcycle Tires

Continental sold the defective tires as both original equipment and replacement tires. The following incomplete list of 2007-2014 model motorcycles may have the tires installed:

Because the tires were also sold as replacement equipment, all motorcycle tires should be checked.

What to do if your Motorcycle Tires are Included in the Recall

Affected tires may be exchanged free of charge at any authorized Continental tire dealer. Locate a dealer here. If you have questions, call Continental at 1-888-799-2168 or email [email protected]. If you have been involved in a wreck involving a recalled tire, file a complaint with NHTSA here. You can also contact the Tire Safety Group for help in any way.

 

[1] http://www.conti-online.com/www/motorcycle_de_en/general/ov_exchange_en/faq_en.html

[2] http://www.conti-online.com/www/motorcycle_de_en/general/ov_exchange_en/faq_en.html

[3] http://www.conti-online.com/www/motorcycle_de_en/general/ov_exchange_en/faq_en.html

[4] Continental – Tire identification – How you Find out if Your Motorcycle Tire is Affected – http://www.conti-online.com/www/motorcycle_de_en/general/ov_exchange_en/identification_en.html