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Continental Recalls 68,770 Tires Including TKC 80, ContiGo!, K62 and LB

Continental Tire is recalling 68,770 motorcycle tires because they may develop cracks that can result in tread separation. The recall includes the popular TKC 80 dual sport tires, ContiGo! tires for lightweight motorcycles, plus K62 and LB scooter tires. The recall may also include tires that were installed as stock equipment on certain BMW, KTM and Husqvarna models. The recall affects tires manufactured between Jan. 6, 2019 and April 30, 2022. The full list of tires and specific sizes affected is posted at the bottom of this article.

According to the recall report released by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the problem was first noticed in February after a separate recall on ContiScoot scooter tires for potential tread groove cracking. That initial recall led Continental to conduct endurance testing on other tires. From February to April, testing revealed the TKC 80, ContiGo!, K62 and LB tires may be prone to develop groove cracks.

Continental TKC 80 tires are standard equipment on some production models such as the BMW R1250GS.

Cracks in grooves can lead to tread separation which may increase the risk of a crash. Continental says the grooves are superficial and “did not propagate into the reinforced material of the tires. However, the cracks found during endurance testing exceeded the 3/16 inch maximum limit specified by federal safety standards. As a result, Continental initiated recall procedures on April 29. Continental says it has not received any field complaints or reports of damage or injury related to this issue as of that date.

Continental will replace all affected tires sold to customers or that are in dealer inventories, and reimburse customers who have already replaced their tires because of groove cracks. Continental says it hasn’t determined the cause of the problem yet, so replacement tires may not be the exact same type, but will be “substantially similar tires not affected by the recall.” Letters to owners are expected to be sent out on June 6. Customers may also contact Continental’s customer service line at 1-888-799-2168.

There may also be recall measures from BMW, KTM and Husqvarna for motorcycles that come equipped with the affected tires as standard equipment. This may include the BMW R 1250 GS and GS Adventure, the BMW R NineT Urban GS, Husqvarna 701 Enduro, and KTM 690 Enduro R among other models.

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