Investigations


NHTSA IDManufacturerDate openDate closeSubjectRecall campaign
TIRES - VALVE
PE08060FORD MOTOR COMPANY10/14/200804/09/2009TIRE VALVE CRACKING
 On october 14, 2008, odi opened pe08-060 to investigate allegations of cracked and leaking snap-in tire valves in model year (my) 2007 vehicles manufactured by ford motor company.the valves were supplied to ford by topseal auto-parts, a subsidiary of the shanghai baolong automotive corporation in china.valves made by topseal for aftermarket sale were the subject of two recent safety recalls by tech international (08t-018) and dill air controls (08t-028), the latter of which was investigated by odi in pe08-036 and ea08-022.the defect conditions addressed by the aftermarket tire valve recalls both involved inadequate resistance to ozone cracking due to issues with the supply of anti-ozonant chemicals to topseal for a period from july to mid-november 2006.the aftermarket valves were compounded with a blend of epdm and natural rubber, using a relatively low percentage of epdm (epdm provides inherent resistance to ozone cracking).hence, the need for anti-ozonant chemicals and the problems with cracking when those chemicals were missing or out of specification in some lots of valves.both recall campaigns involved inspection programs to identify and replace valves with visible surface cracking.although the topseal valves supplied to ford also appear to have been affected by the anti-ozonant supply issues in mid to late-2006, ford indicated that its valves were made at a different topseal production line and were compounded with a higher percentage of epdm rubber to meet more stringent specifications from ford.odi's analysis of complaint and warranty data provided by ford showed that problems with cracked tire valves were significantly higher for my 2007 vehicles produced from december 2006 through march 2007.ford responded by implementing changes in its material specifications for snap-in rubber tire valves and also increasing the quality and acceptance standards for valves imported for use in its vehicles.while the complaint and warranty claim rates are elevated for subject vehicles produced from december 2006 through march 2007, the rates of leaking valves are well below one percent of production for each of the peak months for all of the affected models.a substantial majority of the subject vehicles are equipped with tire pressure monitoring systems (tpms) which warn the driver when any tire pressures drops below 25 percent of recommended inflation pressure. as outlined in a letter to odi dated april 6, 2009, ford has agreed to send letters to owners of certain my 2007 and 2008 ford, lincoln and mercury vehicles to provide information about the cracking concern. letters will be sent to owners of vehicles built from november 2006 through may 2007.owners can opt for a free dealer inspection.valves exhibiting surface cracks or air leakage related to ozone attack will be replaced by ford under its normal warranty terms.ford expects to send the letter by approximately mid-may 2009. based on the use of tpms in the majority of subject vehicles and the relatively low rates of repairs associated with leaking valves and resultant tire damage, odi believes that the actions ford has agreed to take will provide effective and expeditious resolution for vehicles that were built during the period when valves with inadequate resistance to ozone cracking were most likely to have been used in vehicle production.further investigation of this matter would not be an efficient allocation of agency resources.accordingly, this investigation is closed.the closing of this investigation does not constitute a finding by nhtsa that a safety-related defect does not exist.the agency will continue to monitor complaints and other information relating to the alleged defect in the subject vehicles and take further action in the future if warranted.

Consumer Complaints


Fail datemilesoccurencesPurchase date
TIRES
06/10/201213600
 Tl- the contact owns a 2008 ford taurus x with continental contitouring tires, size: p215/55r17, dot d1976825. while driving approximately 70 mph, the tire pressure warning light illuminated on the instrument panel. the contact activated the hazard lights and stopped the vehicle on the shoulder. the contact noticed that the front driver side tire was beginning to lose pressure. the vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for diagnostics where the mechanic stated that the tire exhibited cracks on the sidewall and advised that the vehicle was unsafe to drive without replacing the tire. the mechanic replaced the tire. the vehicle was taken to the dealer where the technician noticed that the rear driver side tire also exhibited cracks on the sidewall. the technician replaced both the front and rear driver side tires. the manufacturer was made aware of the failure. the approximate failure mileage was 13,600. kmj
06/10/201213600
 Tl- the contact owns a 2008 ford taurus x with continental contitouring tires, size: p215/55r17, dot d1976825. while driving approximately 70 mph, the tire pressure warning light illuminated on the instrument panel. the contact activated the hazard lights and stopped the vehicle on the shoulder. the contact noticed that the front driver side tire was beginning to lose pressure. the vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for diagnostics where the mechanic stated that the tire exhibited cracks on the sidewall and advised that the vehicle was unsafe to drive without replacing the tire. the mechanic replaced the tire. the vehicle was taken to the dealer where the technician noticed that the rear driver side tire also exhibited cracks on the sidewall. the technician replaced both the front and rear driver side tires. the manufacturer was made aware of the failure. the approximate failure mileage was 13,600. kmj
06/10/201213600
 Tl- the contact owns a 2008 ford taurus x with continental contitouring tires, size: p215/55r17, dot d1976825. while driving approximately 70 mph, the tire pressure warning light illuminated on the instrument panel. the contact activated the hazard lights and stopped the vehicle on the shoulder. the contact noticed that the front driver side tire was beginning to lose pressure. the vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for diagnostics where the mechanic stated that the tire exhibited cracks on the sidewall and advised that the vehicle was unsafe to drive without replacing the tire. the mechanic replaced the tire. the vehicle was taken to the dealer where the technician noticed that the rear driver side tire also exhibited cracks on the sidewall. the technician replaced both the front and rear driver side tires. the manufacturer was made aware of the failure. the approximate failure mileage was 13,600. kmj
06/10/201213600
 Tl- the contact owns a 2008 ford taurus x with continental contitouring tires (p215/55r17) dot d1976825. while driving approximately 70 mph the tire pressure warning light illuminated on the instrument panel. the contact activated his hazard lights and stopped the vehicle on the shoulder of the road. the contact noticed the front drivers side tire was beginning to lose pressure. the vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for diagnostic. the mechanic stated the tire had cracks on the sidewall and stated it was unsafe to drive the vehicle without replacing the tire. the mechanic replaced the tire with a new tire. the vehicle was taken to the dealer. the technician noticed the rear driver side tire was also had cracks on the sidewall. the technician replaced both the front and rear driver side tire. the manufacturer was made aware of the failure. the contact was waiting to hear a response about replacing the front and rear passenger side tires. the approximate failure mileage was 13,600. da
06/10/201213600
 Tl- the contact owns a 2008 ford taurus x with continental contitouring tires (p215/55r17) dot d1976825. while driving approximately 70 mph the tire pressure warning light illuminated on the instrument panel. the contact activated his hazard lights and stopped the vehicle on the shoulder of the road. the contact noticed the front drivers side tire was beginning to lose pressure. the vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for diagnostic. the mechanic stated the tire had cracks on the sidewall and stated it was unsafe to drive the vehicle without replacing the tire. the mechanic replaced the tire with a new tire. the vehicle was taken to the dealer. the technician noticed the rear driver side tire was also had cracks on the sidewall. the technician replaced both the front and rear driver side tire. the manufacturer was made aware of the failure. the contact was waiting to hear a response about replacing the front and rear passenger side tires. the approximate failure mileage was 13,600. da
01/01/19011
 2008 ford taurus x. consumer writes regarding a very loud rumbling noise inside *tgw the consumer was informed by the dealer, that the tires were wearing unevenly. the tires were rotated as recommended but that did not resolve the problem. the consumer was informed that pirelli tires were known to wear unevenly and they would check the alignment. after the alignment, the noise was reduced to about 50%. that lasted 6 months and then the noise returned to its original loudness. the consumer was told to either live with the noise or replace all four tires at his expense. *jb
01/01/19011
 2008 ford taurus x. consumer writes regarding a very loud rumbling noise inside *tgw the consumer was informed by the dealer, that the tires were wearing unevenly. the tires were rotated as recommended but that did not resolve the problem. the consumer was informed that pirelli tires were known to wear unevenly and they would check the alignment. after the alignment, the noise was reduced to about 50%. that lasted 6 months and then the noise returned to its original loudness. the consumer was told to either live with the noise or replace all four tires at his expense. *jb
01/01/19011
 2008 ford taurus x. consumer writes regarding a very loud rumbling noise inside *tgw the consumer was informed by the dealer, that the tires were wearing unevenly. the tires were rotated as recommended but that did not resolve the problem. the consumer was informed that pirelli tires were known to wear unevenly and they would check the alignment. after the alignment, the noise was reduced to about 50%. that lasted 6 months and then the noise returned to its original loudness. the consumer was told to either live with the noise or replace all four tires at his expense. *jb
01/01/19011
 2008 ford taurus x. consumer writes regarding a very loud rumbling noise inside *tgw the consumer was informed by the dealer, that the tires were wearing unevenly. the tires were rotated as recommended but that did not resolve the problem. the consumer was informed that pirelli tires were known to wear unevenly and they would check the alignment. after the alignment, the noise was reduced to about 50%. that lasted 6 months and then the noise returned to its original loudness. the consumer was told to either live with the noise or replace all four tires at his expense. *jb
12/14/2009150001
 I own a 2008 ford taurus x which has a major problem with the tires. if the tires get low or if the tread gets below a certain amount the car will suddenly come to a complete stop-sometimes in the middle of making a turn. it feels like the front tires are snowplowing (pigeon toe) and the car will not move. it will resume after a few seconds but unfortunately i have had it happen while i was pulling out into traffic. *tr
07/15/200855001
 Submitted this yesterday but gave incorrect e-mail address. clunking sound on some roads coming from tires on a 2008 ford taurus x automobile. complained to dealer and they replaced two front pirelli p225/60r18 p6 tires made in brazil. dealer said the tires were cupping. after about three weeks the sound is appearing again - possibly on the other two tires. have you received any complaints from other people? *tr
07/15/200855001
 Clunking sound on some roads coming from tires on a 2008 ford taurus x automobile. complained to dealer and they replaced two pirelli p225/60r18 p6 tires made in brazil. dealer said the tires were cupping. after about three weeks the sound is appearing again - possibly on the other two tires. have you received any complaints from other people. *tr