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Tochigi, Japan − Bridgestone announced a voluntary safety recall campaign due to a possible slow air leak in various truck and bus tires made at its Tochigi plant in Japan, reported The Global Times.
The recall notice, for possible cracks in the tires' sidewalls, has been issued for roughly 1.2 million truck and bus tires manufactured at the plant between January 2012 and August 2013, according to the report.
The Global Times said: “Bridgestone stated in the report that the flaws were due to its manufacturing process, while the ministry confirmed that to date 14 complaints regarding the flawed tires have been registered, but the faults have not led to any accidents, as far as the ministry and Bridgestone can ascertain.
“The current recall marks the largest the company has faced since the system of recalling tires was introduced in Japan in 2004.
“The tire maker also said that if it finds fissures, or signs of them developing in the inner lining of the tires in question, it will replace them.
“Additionally, recall and safety measures will be followed in line with the respective safety standards of each country for the 100,000 tires with potential defects that have already been sold overseas, Bridgestone said.”
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