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Tire manufacturer Continental, has announced that it is recalling some 391,000 tires, most of which were fitted to Ford F-250 and F-350 Super Duty pickups.
The tires, all of which were made in Mexico from between May 2007 and September 2008 were installed on 2008 and 2009 model year trucks.
Continental said in a letter to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, that the affected tires, if overloaded or under inflated, could cause the belt edges to separate and the tread to become detached from the tire, not something you really want to happen while the vehicle is at speed.
The company will replace all four tires and the spare on the affected vehicles; at present Ford says 65,000 pickups in the US and Canada are affected by the recall.
Ford’s brand-new 2011 Super Duty pickup is creating a dramatic boost in truck sales, with May the best sales month for the model in two years. Sales of the truck beat retail targets by 237 percent in May, and beat the overall sales target (including fleet sales) by 153 percent.
According to Ford Truck Marketing Manager Doug Scott the majority of buyers are opting for the F-250 Crew Cab model with four-wheel drive. Also popular is the new 6.7-liter PowerStroke diesel engine that makes 390-hp and 735 ft-lbs of torque. In total, 60 percent of buyers opted for this powerful new engine.
The popularity of the F-Series Super Duty helped Ford truck sales overall, with total F-Series sales jumping 49 percent in May for a 39 percent increase total for the first five months of 2010.
See AutoGuide’s review of the new F-Series Super Duty at the link below:
GALLERY: Ford F-Series Super Duty