Recall Alert: Dunlop Sportmax Q3+ Tires
If your bike is shod with Dunlop Q3+ Sportmax rubber, then this may concern you!
Updated August 22, 2018
The NHTSA has announced a recall on Dunlop Sportmax Q3+ tires. It’s an unusual recall, but it’s one that could very well affect you. Since Dunlop Sportmax Q3 tires are probably the most popular tire choice for motorcyclists in the USA, there’s a very good chance that many of you have upgraded to the Q3+ that were recently released. According to Dunlop’s test riders, they were superior to the regular, unplussed, Q3s in almost every way. Well, except one at least. It seems a few of the Q3+ iterations are a little on the faulty side. But not very many.
Faulty Dunlop Q3+ Sportmax Tires
According to Sumitomo Rubber USA, the manufacturer of Dunlop motorcycle tires, the recall is happening because of the appearance of air pockets in some tire’s shoulder regions, during the rubber’s curing process. While this might not sound like such a big deal, the air bubbles could affect steering and handling, and prolonged use could result in “tread chunking” – which, naturally, could lead to a crash.
Fortunately, there aren’t many affected units. According to Sumitomo, only between four and seven tires are actually affected in the 120/70ZR17 58W series of Dunlop Q3+ tires, in a batch that was manufactured between April 27th and May 4th of this year (2017). That’s a small amount, but a big deal to the owners of the affected motorcycles. And you’ve got to tip your hat to Dunlop for going to such great lengths to contain the issue, and keep affected units to such a low number. If it does concern you, Sumitomo will contact both you and your dealership directly and offer replacement tires for no additional cost.
The recall will begin from this month onwards (June 2017). If you want to find out more, you can visit the NHTSA website and type in this case number: 17T011000. Or you can call Dunlop Motorcycle Tires directly on 1-800-845-8378.