A supermarket chain is advising customers to check their tyres before they shop for their next purchase, after a report found a spike in tyre problems.
A report from the Royal Institution of Motor Manufacturers (RIMM) found a 40 per cent rise in tyre-related problems in the first half of 2017.
The RIMM report said the issue was linked to the introduction of the new 2016 Bridgestone Blizzak tyre, which has a higher rolling resistance than the standard tyre on the market.
A Bridgestones spokesman said the tyres used in the Bridgestons Blizzak were manufactured with a wider range of rolling resistance and were designed to work with the wider range in the range of the car they are used in.
RIMm’s research found the problem was linked largely to the use of Bridgestoned Blizzaks in newer vehicles that are built for larger tyres, such as a Ford Fiesta.
Bridgestones said the firm had not been able to investigate the causes of the tyre issues, but suggested the rise in complaints was likely to be a result of the wider use of Blizzaks.
“We are aware of the issue, but as a precautionary measure, we have restricted use of the Bridgewear Blizzak in Fiesta and Ford Fusions,” Bridgestoning said in a statement.
In the meantime, the spokesman added, the firm was working with Bridgeston to address the issue.
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