The affected tires were produced in Japan and intended for sale in the Japanese and European markets but may have made their ways to the U.S. market. The tires conform to the Japan Automobile Tire Manufacturers Association (JATMA) and European Tyre and Rim Technical Organization (ETRTO) requirements but are missing a DOT stamp as required by the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 119.
According to FMVSS standard 119, motorcycle tires used in the U.S. require a DOT stamp on a sidewall, as well as markings indentifying the maximum load rating, inflation pressure and the ply cord material and number of plies. The affected tires are missing this information as they are not required by JATMA or ETRTO.
The Japanese-produced tires lacking this required information include:
Apart from the missing markings, Bridgestone says the tires are structurally sound and safe to use. Bridgestone has also made changes to its system to ensure that these tires will not be exported to the U.S. in the future.
Bridgestone says it is mailing advisory notices to customers who have purchased the affected tires asking them to check their tires for the required information. Bridgestone dealers will provide free replacements on affected tires until Nov. 30, 2008.
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