NHTSA Recall Number 22T023 March 28, 2023


Dear Michelin Tire Owner,
This notice is sent to you in accordance with the requirements of the National Highway Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act.
Michelin North America, Inc. has determined that the following tires in the MICHELIN® Vintage Tire CollectionTM fail to conform to Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 49 CFR Parts 571.109 “New Pneumatic Tires for Vehicles Manufactured from 1949 to 1975, Bias Ply Tires, and T-type Spare Tires”; and 571.139 “New Pneumatic Radial Tires for Light Vehicles.” You are receiving this letter because our records indicate that you may have purchased one or more of these replacement tires at retail. Your Vintage Collection tires are part of this recall if they are listed in “Appendix A - Affected Product List” and were manufactured on or before October 23rd, 2022 (DOT week 4322). For information on how to determine the week and year of manufacture for your tires, please refer to “Appendix B - Locating Tire Date of Manufacture.”

The FMVSS requires in part that the letters “DOT” shall be marked on tire sidewalls but affected tires in this recall are lacking this required marking. The DOT symbol is an important safety related marking, because by placing the letters “DOT” on a tire the manufacturer certifies that all required safety and performance related testing has been conducted, and that the tires have passed all tests. Tires that do not comply with FMVSS requirements may increase the risk of a crash.

Michelin is currently working to manufacture replacement inventories for the products referenced in Appendix A. Because Michelin Vintage Tires sell at low volumes into a specialized market, our capacity for manufacturing these products is limited and it will require several months to complete the necessary production. When your product becomes available, Michelin will send you a second letter with detailed instructions on how to arrange for replacement tires to be shipped to you or your specified dealer or restoration shop.

If you have questions or concerns that have not been addressed by this letter, please contact Michelin Consumer Care at 1-888-971-3801 for further assistance. If Michelin fails to address your concerns, you may submit a complaint to the Administrator, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, S.E., Washington, DC 20590 or call the toll-free Auto Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153); or go to www.safercar.gov.

Commitment to safety, quality and respect for the customer are our highest priorities. Please accept our sincerest apologies for any inconvenience that replacing these tires may cause.


Andrew Meurer
Vice President, B2C Sales

Michelin North America, Inc.

Appendix B Locating Tire Date of Manufacture

The Tire Identification Number (TIN) is a string of numbers and letters that includes
each tire’s plant of manufacture, a unique tire ID and the week and year of manufacture.
The TIN is located on the tire sidewall just above the wheel flange. The illustration
below shows a sample TIN from one of the affected tires. The production date code is
given by the last 4 digits of the TIN, with the first two digits specifying the week of
production and the second two digits specifying the year of production.

After reading this section, if you still have questions concerning the tire’s week and year of manufacture, please contact Michelin Consumer Care at 1 888 971 3801.