Michelin statement on crane tyre operation

05 August 2009

Tyre manufacturer Michelin has issued a statement to clarify a situation concerning its 445/95 R25 X Crane 174F tyre.

The clarification relates to the conditions of operation on category C heavy cranes and/or cranes registered in the UK as Engineering Plant as follows:

"Michelin does not support the use of its 445/95 R 25 X Crane 174F tyres above the axle weight of 15,600 kg because in certain circumstances irreparable internal damage may be caused to the tyres if run in this condition.

This communication supersedes any previous Michelin communication on this subject."

The manufacturer advised operators or tyre dealers to contact Michelin as soon as possible if:

* they have used Michelin 445/95 R 25 X Crane 174F tyres at axle weights above 15,600 kg

* or they have sold Michelin 445/95 R 25 X Crane 174F tyres to anyone they believe may have used or may use them at axle weights of above 15,600 kg.

For further information contact Michelin on 0800 454 774 or +44 (0)1782 402309.

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