|This is the BFGoodrich tire that was less then 24 hours old when it blew a belt at 60 mph, on a load well within it's rating. The broken belt is very evident in this picture.|
BFGoodrich / Michelin have no intentions of compensating anyone for any damage caused by their defective tires. When contacted they simply do not answer, they do not care. Are you sure you want to buy their tires, no matter how good the sale? Remember it is your life that rides on these tires.
22 June 2001, at approximately 1:PM two BFGoodrich tires blew on the New Jersey Turnpike. The tires were bought 21 June 2001 at approximately 8:PM. All four tires on the trailer were replaced with BFGoodrich P205/75 R15 97 S M+S rated for 1598 lbs each, as were belts and such replaced in the truck, to insure a safe trip. The webmaster of this sight acquired a new Jaguar, the third to his stables, new to his possession that is, a 1972 XJ6 with 68000 original miles, and with the chrome wheels he so coveted, chrome wheels he would have but for a fleeting moment in time. Traveling at 65 mph in lunch hour traffic, yes that's slow on the New Jersey Turnpike, and probably the reason no other car hit us, as they were already diverting around us trying to rush back to work and beat the time clock. Southbound between exits 8 and 8A the trailer began hopping. Letting off the gas, knowing better than to brake, it was to late the trailer began to swerve. Not knowing that the tires were flat I tried to accelerate, which is how you pull out of such a situation, under normal circumstances. Only the tires began throwing us across multiple lanes of traffic. An accident was now inevitable all that was left to try to control the accident. Knowing a spin to be the quickest way to reduce momentum, I turned the trucks wheel hard left and locked the brakes, in an attempt to at least spin the truck and trailer into the ditch line and out of traffic. No such luck, with the tires both being flat the steel wheels only dug into the soft shoulder, giving more traction than tires could ever think to, shooting us once more out into traffic, this time only into the second lane where momentum finally died, and we limped off the side of the Turnpike to begin picking up the pieces, the debris, the what use to be. While loading the last piece, the tool box into the back of the truck, what use to be the front of the trailer, the Police stopped by to make sure everyone was all right, and let us know that we could get tires at the Rest Area only 3/4 of a mile ahead. We limped down there to get a new set of Kelly’s, and to discover that the Jag's frame had been bent in two places from the force of the accident. The Jag is a loss, but the Kelly’s brought us and the remains of Jag and trailer safely back to Ohio.
Upon investigation, we learned that BFGoodrich sold it's Tire Division to Michelin who still continues the name. If I had known I was buying a second rate tire, I would not have bought them, ignorance that could have cost me and my friend our lives. As indeed a lesser driver probably would have died, I am Military trained to drive heavy explosives, with 98 successful missions, the most ever in peace time, and hence the source of my over-cautiousness in preparing for a trip, and my ability to stay calm in dangerous situations.