According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2015 Goodyear recalled Fortera tires because during regular endurance tests, the company found that the tire treads could form small cracks. Approximately 48,512 Fortera HL tires of the size P255/65R18 109S have been recalled.
Off the total number of tires recalled, Goodyear provided around 32,100 tires of this size as original equipment for many SUVs belonging to the model year 2015 made by General Motors Company. These vehicles made between November 2014 and January 2015 include the Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse and GMC Acadia. General Motors has since stopped selling cars with these tires. Approximately 16,400 became a part of the replacement market.
However, Goodyear has stated that the defect observed in the Fortera HL tires are only test-induced; there exists no evidence of the tires failing during use and causing crashes. Also, if the tires fail during use, the vehicle experiences vibration with noise production and tread chunking, of which there is also no evidence.
Goodyear and General Motors have decided to send notifications to all affected vehicle owners whose registration information they have and replace their vehicle tires at no charge. Affected vehicle owners can also contact Goodyear at 1-800-592-3267 and General Motors at 1-800-521-7300 to get their tires replaced.