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NHTSA — Tires Problems

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Crashes / Fires:
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Injuries / Deaths:
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Average Mileage:
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This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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1997 Chevrolet Suburban wheels / hubs problems

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1997 Chevrolet Suburban Owner Comments

problem #14

Dec 102003

(reported on)

Suburban 8-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Tire exploded at 40 mph on a clear paved road. The consumer lost control of the vehicle for a brief moment when the tire failed.

- Ocala, FL, USA

problem #13

Aug 022003

Suburban

  • miles
While driving 65 mph front passenger side tire blew out. Firestone, steeltex radial A/T tire.

- Hudson Falls, NY, USA

problem #12

Oct 112002

Suburban 4WD

  • miles
Tread separated with no warning on highway. Tire pressure at manufacturer's recommended 80 psi.

- Albuquerque, NM, USA

problem #11

May 272001

Suburban

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

I purchased this Suburban used from valencia Nissan with 23,000 miles on it. They stated the tires were new at that time. On the indicated date, I was towing a travel trailer on the freeway at 60mph, the truck started to rattle then the left rear tire exploded. I safely stopped on the shoulder. I had my wife, 4yr old & 2yr old in the vehicle with me. After inspecting the tire, the tread completely separated from the tire in the same fashion that the recalled Firestone tires did. I wanted to know if this set of tires was also under recall. I would like if you could call me regarding this matter. Thank you. (dot number: V611B1A tiresize: 245/75R16)

- Saugus, CA, USA

problem #10

Apr 051999

Suburban 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Tires(no make or size) are wearing and are causing vehicle to pull to the right, dealer rotated and aligned tires, front wheel cover was loose, dealer fastened the wheel well flap.

- Bloomfield, NJ, USA

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problem #9

Apr 051999

Suburban 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Tires(no make or size) are wearing and are causing vehicle to pull to the right, dealer rotated and aligned tires, front wheel cover was loose, dealer fastened the wheel well flap.

- Bloomfield, NJ, USA

problem #8

Sep 262000

Suburban

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Tire on hazardous materials response vehicle - U.S. government owned tag no. I258844; tire is in evidence locker; tread separated from tire at highway cruising speed of 65 mph - speed set by cruise control; tread wrapped around wheel axel, but did not go flat; left rear tire also replaced after inspection at tire shop; all tires had been regularly checked and were properly inflated. (dot number: Unknown tiresize: LT245/75R1)

- Riverside, CA, USA

problem #7

Aug 182000

Suburban

  • miles
While on vacation had two tires blow out on I75 just South of atlanta. Had to purchase new tires from the Firestone dealer on the South side of atlanta. They said this tire was not in the recall list but it came apart just like the others. It was a very, very scary experience the tires that blew out were purchased at the Firestone dealer on US41 in fort myers, fl. Which is my home. (tiresize: 245/75R/16)( dot number: Tire size: 245/75R/16 )

- Ft. Myers, FL, USA

problem #6

Sep 112000

Suburban

  • miles
The tread seperated form the tire( dot number: Tire size: Lt26575R16 )

- Fairfield, CA, USA

problem #5

Sep 112000

(reported on)

Suburban 4WD

  • miles
Steering wheel sometimes jerks out of my hands as if I've hit a patch of ice. Also feel the truck bouncing while driving as if there is a bubble in the right front tire. Took the truck to the dealer about 7 times with not resolution. Had the truck checked at Goodyear dealer 6 months after purchase. Goodyear said the the tires were defective. Said they were cupped or chopped. I paid $700 dollars to replace tires after dealer refused to do so, but still experience bouncing sensation at 60-70 mph. Noticed both problems the day I bought the truck.( dot number: Tire size: 245/75R16 )

- Clinton, MD, USA

problem #4

Jul 151997

Suburban 4WD

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

While traveling less than 5 mph in a "rolling backup" the right rear tire on our Suburban literally exploded. I pulled off the side of the road immediately, and found a very large hole in the sidewall of the tire. There were no foreign objects in the road, and no indication of any kind of puncture to the tire. The sidewall of the tire blew outward, and left a hole approximately 4" wide by 7 inches long. The vehicle was less than two months old, and had approxmately 1200 miles on it. I had the vehicle in for its first oil change 3 days earlier, and among other things had the tire pressure checked. I contacted a local Firestone dealer about replacing the tire, and was told that they could not replace the tire with an exact match, since that particular line of tires (steeltex at) was a tire made exclusively for GM trucks as original equipment. I contacted the GM dealer (gilchrist Chevrolet in Tacoma wa) and they replaced the tire at no charge. With the recent revelations about Firestone tire defects, I am concerned about the Firestone tires on my Suburban. The "steeltex at" series has not been mentioned in any of the news reports, but I know of one other person who has had similar problems with the Firestone steeltex tires on his GM truck.( dot number: Tire size: P265R16 )

- Port Orchard, WA, USA

problem #3

Aug 222000

Suburban 4WD

  • miles
Shaking, vibrations, at various speeds.( dot number: Vn11bab tire size: Lt24575R16 )

- Oxford, MS, USA

problem #2

Jan 012000

Suburban

  • miles
I had the universal joints replaced, (dealer stated it was needed), and ever since, I have noise which seems to come from driveshaft. I had them ( dealer ) check, and they said that it was the tires, or perhaps a bearing. This noise was not present prior to getting U-joints, however I also had cupping on a right front tire, and they replaced a model, or something. I saw on the ntsa bulletin no. 9610 of Jan 4, 2000, that 1997 Suburban had a component problem.

- Maryland Heights, MO, USA

problem #1

Oct 091998

(reported on)

Suburban

  • miles
Michelin tires leak everytime the weather gets cold.

- Saint Fran, LA, USA

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