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    Trail America Defective Tire Alert

    Shawn @ JCA (Trail America Distributor) advised today, TA tires with the DOT date of 2105 and 2205 (21st and 22nd week of 2005) were defective and he is in the process of replacing all tires with these dates.

    If you have these tires, contact Shawn @ JCA (800) 921-8473.

    I would recommend, if you had damage as a result of these tires failing, go for expense refund and tire replacement. I did, JCA paid for 5 Goodyear's G614 RST in exchange for my labor to R&R damage. Heartland was generous providing all necessary replacement parts @ no charge.

    Between JCA's and Heartland's participation some of the sting was taken out of this mishap.

    Good luck,
    Forrest

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    I can't believe I'm setting here after reading this post, wishing I had Trail America tires. ----Ken
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    I still have one of my TA's, using it as a parking bumper! I will check the date.......good job Forrest!
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    Roger,

    I still have all 5 T/A's leaning up against the fence with Dot 2105. Maybe I should have a raffle to defray my "Excedrin" headache expenses incurred during this ordeal.

    If I had the winning numbers with power ball instead of losing numbers (2105) with T/A's, I might be in a position to buy all forum members Goodyears and Jim B. a replacement emergency brake-a-way switch!!!! [IMG]//heartlandowners.org/images/icons/icon2.gif[/IMG]

    Forrest

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    Bummer,
    My TA's say DOT 1N0R 1605.
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    Ken, if you had TA tires chances are you would be sitting by the side of the road like we were with a very unpleasant look on your face!
    I am looking forward to checking my date of manufacture.
    Mine were probably 2005 / 2305 with every thing being equal.....
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    Wow - great sleuthing Forrest! Thanks for sharing this data. I'd like to see some data from JCA on this. A letter or notice or something that I can scan and post. Let me know if you can obtain anything so we can formalize this even more.

    Owner helping owners! Gotta love it.

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    Jim B.

    I'll search for info on the T/A's defective list. I'll be pulling to Puyallup, WA in a couple of weeks to visit family, I told Shawn @ JCA I would stop by their location in Puyallup.

    For those with T/A's, Shawn is a good guy and was very helpful to work with. He saw the pictures, didn't try to pass the buck, and said JCA will cover the damage. If you have questions, give him a call.

    Forrest

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    Checked my DOT date, 5105, no bueno it would appear. I might give them a call any way just to see if I have any other remedy.....
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    Jim B. and Gang,

    I spoke to Shawn @ JCA regarding any possible Trail America tire recall and known DOT dates of defective tires. He was unable to verify any massive recall at this time...........mmmmmmmmmmm, and no official documentation exists.

    Most complaints were from Heartland product owners. The most defective tires DOT dates were around Dot 2005 to 2205. However, other Dot date complaints are handled on a one on one basis, that is, if the tire is defective and not just a normal flat.

    My opinion, JAC is very concerned, just as the other China tire manufacturers were in the last big recall. They want to get the defective tires off the road as quickly as possible and maybe stay under the radar.

    The more calls, the more complaints, the more possibility of a recall or at least damage recovery. Save your T/A's, they may be worth $$$ to help pay for the Goodyear's or Michelins.

    I attempted to register with the NTSB, but Trail America was not listed and I couldn't find the Manufacturer on the list.

    Forrest

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