Hanover, September 15, 2017.
Continental today announced a voluntary tire exchange program covering 4.260 PremiumContact 6 tires in 245/45 R18 Y XL. Due to the use of a not specified material combination, the tires may develop an uneven shape in the tread area. This could potentially result in tire-vehicle contact, a reduced handling performance and a limited high speed capability. To date, Continental has not received any reports of accidents or injuries in connection with this condition. The exchange program is being initiated proactively to avoid any potential risk to vehicle drivers and other road-users. The affected tires were sold to customers in Europe, Turkey and Russia and solely within the replacement business.
The affected Continental tire can be identified as follows:
DOT serial numbers
PremiumContact 6 245/45 R18 Y XL
DOT 6G8U D6R9 5016
DOT 6G8U D6R9 1617
The last four digits of the DOT serial numbers indicate the production period (week/year). Affected tires will be replaced free of charge. No other tire sizes, production periods or product lines are affected.
Continental began notifying the respective national authorities on September 14, 2017 and is in contact with its tire dealers to organize and implement this voluntary exchange program. Anyone seeking more information, including instructions for identifying affected tires and local contact partner, are invited to visit Continental’s respective website www.continental-tires.com/exchange.