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NHTSA — Tires: Tread/Belt Problems


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
31,114 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2001 Pontiac Montana wheels / hubs problems

wheels / hubs problem

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2001 Pontiac Montana Owner Comments

problem #2

May 162006

Montana 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 62,229 miles


All four big O euro tour tires purchased and a year later, the tread belt separated from the tire. Narrowly avoiding a collision I managed to get the vehicle into the big O retail center, where my warranty was not honored. Not in a position to drive elsewhere, I purchased two new big O aspen tires. A year later, the tread belt separating from the tires on the other two big O euro tour tires. These tires were listed in a recall just months after my purchase, yet I experienced the same problem.

- Tucson, AZ, USA

problem #1

May 312006


  • miles
Re; tire failure of tbc corporation ultrex iv P215/70R15 97S, dot # A3M3 3jy 1003. I had these tires on my Pontiac Montana and had approximately 35000 miles on them. Even though they had some miles there was still plenty of tread left. While driving, a vibration occurs that seems like there is a tire balance problem. This is evident while going slow and makes the vehicle wiggle or vave then as speed increases it becomes rather severe vibration. This has happened on two occasions with these tires. The first time while traveling at approximately 70 mph the tread separated from the tire. The second time approximately one month later the exact same thing happened to another tire while traveling at approximately 75 mph. In both cases the tire did not deflate and I was able to get to the side of the road to put the spare tire on. The tread just peeled off like they were recapped tires causing cosmetic damage to my vehicle. From the look of the remaining carcass I wouldn't want to have driven any further on it and feel lucky that the tire kept pressure and didn't blow out. I have since removed the remaining two tires from my vehicle because I didn't want this to happen again. If this had only happened once I wouldn't be telling you this story but two times with the exact same occurrence seems more that just a coincidence. I have made a claim to tbc for the damage that occurred during the second incident and am currently holding that tire in case they need it to process my claim.

- Ft. Myers, FL, USA

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