Yokohama Tire is recalling nearly 11,000 of its Avid Touring S vehicle tires due to "improper geometry," according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The production flaw could lead to cracks in the tires' sidewalls and a sudden loss of air pressure, increasing the risk of a crash, said the agency.
Only one size—215/65R16 98T SL—of the all-season tires are being recalled, and no deaths or accidents have been reported to the NHTSA or the Yokohama company.
Consumer Reports has tested and rated the Yokohama Avid Touring S tires. And while we found its dry braking performance "impressive," there were much better performing all-season tires in our Ratings. See our free online tire buying guide for help in choosing the correct tires for your vehicle.
Yokohama says it will contact affected owners and dealers on Oct. 20 and replace the defect Avid Touring S tires for free.
For more information, consumers can call the Yokohama Tire Corp toll-free at 800-423-4544.