Goodyear is recalling up to 41,000 Wrangler Silent Armor tires, in sizes 235/80R17, 325/60R18, 275/70R18, 65/70R17, 245/75R17, and LT285/70R17, produced from March 31 through May 31, 2009. According to Goodyear and NHTSA , "These tires may experience a partial tread area separation under certain severe usage conditions. Partial tread separation could lead to vehicle damage when the separated tread strikes the vehicle."
I would possibly make a joke here about the "armor" being really silent, but Goodyear notes that: "Statistics show the vast majority of tire issues are related to tires that are used while under-inflated, overloaded, in a poorly maintained condition or have suffered impact damage,"
It's hard to argue with that, as it happens to be quite true. In fact, the incident that has apparently prompted the recall, a 2011 rollover accident in Texas that killed two people, was shown to have been caused largely by the tire sustaining damage from external causes. Goodyear is voluntarily recalling the tires after seeing a spike in warranty claims.
Goodyear will notify owners and replace the tires free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on March 22, 2012. Owners may contact Goodyear at 1-800-592-3267.