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A popular model of Goodyear tires for larger vehicles is under increased scrutiny after federal regulators discovered that they have been linked to nearly 100 deaths and injuries, but have never been recalled.

The Atlanta Journal Constitution reported that the Goodyear G159 275/70R 22.5, which is designed for RVs but can be used on other vehicles as well, has been the subject of numerous lawsuits over the past 20 years, including most recently one by a shareholder who alleges that company brass have concealed the truth about the tires by crafting secret settlements.

Despite a string of incidents spanning from the late 1990s to as recently as 2015, the tire has only recently caught the attention of federal regulators. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) informed Goodyear in April 2018 that it has launched an investigation to look into “allegations of tire failures,” and why the company didn’t enact a safety recall, which might have prevented some of the crashes.

In a summary of its probe after Goodyear responded with requested documentation, the NHTSA said, “Among many concerns, claimants contend the Goodyear G159 tires were allegedly not designed for extended use at highway speeds as would be experienced during motor home operation.”

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