Insufficient Tire Strength Forces Recall from Tracker Marine

Insufficient Tire Strength Forces Recall from Tracker Marine
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August 20, 2015

A top American boat manufacturer is recalling a line of trailers due to faulty tires.

Tracker Marine L.L.C. of Springfield, MO made the announcement earlier this month in regards to the 2016 Trailstar Tahoe boat trailer. This includes models 400, 450, 500, and 550, manufactured between March 23, 2015 and June 24, 2015.

The affected trailers were built with wheels that have load range "C" tires installed, instead of load range "D" tires as specified. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 110, "Tire Selection and Rims and Motor Home/Recreation Vehicle Trailer Load Carrying Capacity Information for Motor Vehicles with a GVWR of 4,536 kilograms (10,000 pounds) or less."

This can be dangerous because if the trailer exceeds the load rating on the tire, the tire may suddenly fail, increasing the risk of a crash. The recall affects almost 350 trailers.

Tracker will notify owners, and dealers will replace the wheels that have load range "C" tires for wheels with the correct load range "D" tires, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in August 2015.

For additional information, owners may contact Tracker customer service at (417) 873-4555.