General Motors has issued a stop-delivery order for 6,281 affected crossovers due to a pending recall by to replace tires prone to cracking. The vehicles affected by the stop-delivery order include the 2015 Chevrolet Traverse, 2015 GMC Acadia and 2015 Buick Enclave crossovers. The maker of those tires, Goodyear, has confirmed to Automotive News that it will recall around 48,500 of its 18-inch Fortera HL tires after finding "very small" cracks in the tread during routine testing.
Goodyear said it produced 32,100 Fortera HL tires (Fortera HL P255/65R18 109S) for the GM crossovers and another 16,400 for the aftermarket. The recall includes around 48,512 tires manufactured between November 30, 2014, and January 10, 2015.
The tire maker has also informed the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration over the recall. According to a Goodyear spokesman, the cracks in the tread do "not indicate a safety issue."
A spokesman for GM, meanwhile, said the issue "will eventually lead to a non-compliance recall by GM." He said that the crossovers account for 25,124 of the suspected tires. The rest of the possibly defective tires are aftermarket ones.
So far this year, GM has yet to issue a recall of its vehicles, unlike in 2014 when it called back a record 30.4 million vehicles across 84 safety campaigns. General Motors uses the Fortera HL P255/65R18 109S tires as OE on the affected crossovers.
Headquartered in Akron, Ohio, the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company is an American multinational company that develop, manufacture, market and distribute tires for most applications -- automobiles, race cars, light trucks, commercial trucks and motorcycles, as well as for airplanes, farm equipment and heavy earth-mover machinery. It is considered as one of the top tire manufacturers in the world.
In 2013, Goodyear posted net sales of $19.5 billion, compared to $21.0 billion in 2012. The drop in net sales in 2013 was attributed to lower sales in other tire-related businesses, unfavorable foreign currency translation, and a decline in price and product mix.
The company also recorded net income of $629 million in 2013, compared to $212 million in 2012. As of end of December 2013, Goodyear had 52 manufacturing facilities in 22 countries, including the US. It also employs around 69,000 full-time and temporary associates around the world.
Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company has its origins in 1898, when it was founded by Frank Seiberling in Akron, Ohio. The company opened its first factory opened in 1898, as staffed by 12 original employees. Goodyear manufactured bicycle and carriage tires as well as rubber horseshoe pads. In 1901, the company started providing Henry Ford with racing tires. In 1909, Goodyear manufactured its first aircraft tire.