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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
55,500 miles

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2002 Toyota 4Runner wheels / hubs problems

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2002 Toyota 4Runner Owner Comments

problem #2

Aug 192011

4Runner 6-cyl

  • 36,000 miles


Re: Goodyear dunlop grand trek TG35 P265/70R16 tire. On August 19, 2011, I was driving on I-10 in fl at approximately 65 miles per hour. The car suddenly got very bumpy and in a matter of seconds, the rear right tire exploded on my Toyota 4runner. I lost control of the vehicle but managed to finally pull off to the side of the interstate. After examining the damages to my vehicle, I noticed that the tread on the right rear tire completely separated all the way around the tire. Luckily, the car did not flip or collide with another vehicle. I sustained psychological and emotional injuries and over $2000 worth of damages to my car as a result of the blowout. My car only has 36K miles on it and is always kept in the garage. The tread on all 4 tires is practically brand new as it is driven seldomly, with regular tire rotation/balance/maintenance. There should not be any reason for a tire with this little wear and tear to explode the way it did. I have done a lot of research and realize that this could have had a far worse outcome, and that the tires are indeed defective. In addition, my insurance company will not cover the expenses of the tires. Now I am forced to replace all 4 tires out of pocket for fear of the same scenario and not as lucky of an outcome if this happens again. In my research, I also saw that NHTSA has opened an investigation into possible tread separation problems involving dunlop tires sold as standard equipment on 1995-1999 Nissan pathfinder SUVS. NHTSA says it has received six reports of injuries in two rollover crashes that were blamed on tread separations on the grandtrek TG35 tire. I feel that unless I sustained life-long injuries, paralysis, or death would the tire manufacturer come forward with any goodwill or compensation.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #1

Jun 092008


  • 75,000 miles
6/9/08 after leaving the car parked at a store for 20 minutes, the front right tire was totally flat. Had car towed to North shore Firestone and tires Inc..they said the valve failed. On the tire...I had the shop replace the valve and rebalance the tire.........7/16/2008 I was about to go to work and found the front left tire. Missing half of the air...I took out my cordless air pump, ,attached it to the valve and felt air coming out of the valve, at the stem...had it towed to my mechanic, huntington diagnostic in huntington and had the front and back 2 valves replaced..I also had the service station keep the 3 valves for me to pick up when the work was completed.........the tires were originally replaced along with the 4 valves August /2006 the car had 55K from nys discount tire 1765 NY ave huntington station NY 11746 631-423-8473 ronnie/owner at the time of the 2 flats I had 75K and 77K on the car.....ningbo yinzhou haixin tire valve co ltd----makes the valves.

- Huntington, NY, USA

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