Continental Tires says its recalling 390,657 tires, including 330,360 used on certain Ford F-250 and F-350 Super Duty pickup trucks from the 2008-09 model years, because of uneven wear, vibration and the possibility of separated belt edges that could lead to tread separation.
The remainder of the tires were sold as replacement tires.
Tire models included in the recall include:
Continental/Contitrac LT275/70R18 125/122S
Continental/Contitrac TR BSW (black sidewall) LT275/70R18 125/122S
Continental/Contitrac TR OWL (outline white letters) LT275/70R18 125/122S
All of the tires were manufactured between May 06, 2007 and Sept. 20, 2008.
Continental says the tires met all federal safety standards but "did not meet Continental's performance expectations in the field." The company noted that the belt-edge separation occurred under conditions of overloading or underinflation in high temperatures.
Continental said it will notify owners of the tires and make replacements available free of charge.
Consumers seeking more information, including instructions for identifying the tires in question, can visit http://www.continentaltire.com or call 888-799-2168.