Anyone who had problems with Goodyear Marathon tires on their fifth-wheel campers.
What’s Going On?
Attorneys working with ClassAction.org are investigating whether a class action lawsuit can be filed in light of complaints that the tires are susceptible to tread separations and blowouts.
How Can a Class Action Help?
A lawsuit could help people get back the money they spent repairing or replacing the tires. It could also require Goodyear to notify consumers of any widespread issues and offer a fix.
Attorneys working with ClassAction.org are investigating whether a lawsuit can be filed on behalf of fifth-wheel camper owners who had problems with Goodyear’s Marathon tires.
Reports have surfaced that the tires are suffering tread separations, blowouts and other problems earlier than expected – sometimes within the first several thousand miles.
How Could a Lawsuit Help?
A class action lawsuit could help fifth-wheel camper owners get back the money they spent repairing and replacing their tires. Furthermore, it could force Goodyear to recall any problematic tires or otherwise alert customers to any widespread issues.
It’s believed that the company is aware of the tire failures as dozens of drivers have reportedly brought their tires to Goodyear dealers to have them fixed or replaced. In addition, at least 100 complaints have been registered with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) regarding the tires.
What Problems Are People Reporting with the Marathon Tires?
Trailer owners have reported the following problems with their Marathon tires:
Blowouts and tire explosions
Bubbles/blisters on the sidewall
Loss of pressure and flat tires
The following is a sample of the dozens of complaints (sic throughout) posted online and sent to NHTSA about the tires:
I purchased four new goodyear marathon trailer tires (225/75/15 load range d) for my fifth wheel camper june 2012. Two of the four tires blew apart in the first 1500 miles. There is something very wrong with these tires. They should not be blowing apart with almost no use and without any impact damage from road hazards. I have read multiple complaints online with these same tires. This is very dangerous and it needs to be addressed soon. These tire failures have damaged my camper but, I'm just glad it did not cause a crash, injury, or death.” — Complaint Number 10531782, Bowling Green, KY, VehicleTire.com
In Sept 2014 I had a blowout on i75 on my jayco fifth wheel. There was damage to the rv. After the rv was repaired it was in storage until june 28,2015, when I had another blow out, and then 2 more on July 1st. Every tire was destroyed because the tread ripped off the tire. I also had damage to the 5th wheel from each of these blow outs. I filed a claim with goodyear as it was obvious the tires were defective. Goodyear rejected the claim saying the tires must have been low on air. I always check my tires when i am leaving on a trip and i do not overload the rv.” — NHTSA ID Number: 10787553, Punta Gorda, FL, NHTSA.gov
We were 4 hours into our vacation when the goodyear marathon 235/80/16 on our 2011 montana 5th wheel blew. The damage was close to $2000, messed up the tire well, ripped the bellypan and messed up the slide out. Goodyear will pay our deductible, but won't help with replacement of the rest…Very unhappy with goodyear and montana.” — NHTSA ID Number: 10633049, Oxford, ME, NHTSA.gov
Tire complaint on goodyear marathon st 235-80-16r. We purchased four tires on feb 2014 for our 2012 crossroads cruiser fifth wheel vin # [xxx]. We have had two blowouts in less than one year. Each time there was tread separation…there was no warning and the tires were properly inflated and checked prior to starting the trip. In reviewing the other complaints on these trailer tires from other rv owners, I am surprised there has not been a recall on these tires. By not reacting to the many complaints you are putting unsuspecting rv owners and other drivers at risk.” — Complaint Number 10870963, Houston, TX, VehicleTire.com
As we were driving on hwy 60/84 at 65 mph…the driver front tire of our trailer blew out. Since this was a sunday afternoon with little traffic on the 2 lane hwy, I was able to pull off and retrieve the blown off pieces of my trailer and tire tread from the hwy. This was the 2nd blow out of the original goodyear marathon st tires in a 3 day span!” — Complaint Number 10538272, Tijeras, NM, VehicleTire.com