US authority probing Goodyear tires linked to 1990s accidents

Washington — The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is investigating reports that a potentially defective type of Goodyear commercial tire used on recreational vehicles may have caused 95 injuries or deaths dating back to the 1990s.

Specifically, the agency is looking into Goodyear’s G159 model of commercial tire, produced from 1996 through 2003, and has requested field performance, safety and design data from the Akron-based tire manufacturer.

Some 40,000 tires are part of the investigation, which began only recently when previously sealed documents were unsealed by…

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