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Michelin is a France-based tire manufacturing company, and is currently the largest such company in the world, ahead of Bridgestone and Goodyear in second and third, respectively. Michelin surpassed Bridgestone as the world’s largest in 2008. Founded in 1888 by two French brothers, Michelin has been an innovative force in tire production, having invented the radial tire, among other accomplishments.
In 1988, Michelin purchased B.F. Goodrich, an American tire manufacturer founded in 1870, and in 1990 also purchased Uniroyal, formerly the United States Rubber Company. Michelin currently manufactures tires in France, Britain, Germany, the U.S., Canada, Brazil, Thailand and Australia, as well as other various countries.
• In December 2008, a Maryland judge declared a settlement in a class action lawsuit against Michelin and Honda for the Michelin PAX tires used on the Honda Odyssey Touring Edition and the Acura RL. The lawsuit initially began in Arizona, Illinois, Florida and New York, but was consolidated in Maryland, where the eventual decision was handed down. The suit claimed that the tires experienced premature wear and that the companies were ill-equipped to replace or repair the damaged tires.
• In 2006, Michigan North America recalled approximately 6,500 Pilot Sport tires that were used with the Jaguar XJ8 and were available for replacement purchase. The 255/35ZR20 97Y Extra Load model tire was subject to air pressure loss and possible crash. A defect caused a vibrating effect which led to a decrease in the air pressure. More than 6,000 of the tires had been used in the United States, with the remaining 400 in Canada.
• In 2007, Michelin announced a United States and Canada recall of 19,924 motorcycle tires, models Pilot Power 2CT 120/70 ZR 17 and Michelin Pilot Power 120/70 ZR 17. Produced in France, the Pilot Power tires possessed a default that would cause tread separation at high speeds.
• In 2009, Michelin recalled 784 Pilot Alpin tires, size PA2 ZP 225/50R17 94H, because they were not labeled in compliance with the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard. Michelin offered to replace the tires at no charge, with free mounting and balancing.
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