Q: Tire Issue

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I just noticed a very small bubble like protrusion on outer rim of LF tire. Tire has less than 15K miles on it. It is a Continental ProTract, Car seems to drive fine , or is this an issue.?? Thanks.

If the bubble is caused by air leaking from the inside of the tire into the carcass or body of the tire, the tire could blow out without warning which is obviously risky. Bubbles are typically caused by manufacturing defects or impact damage. Regardless of the size of the bubble, you should take the tire to a reputable, professional tire shop and have an experienced technician evaluate it. At 15,000 miles, the tire should be under warranty and it would therefore be reasonable to make a warranty claim. In addition, if you believe it is a manufacturing defect, it is wise to file a report with NHTSA because NHTSA collates and tracks complaints of this type in the event there is a serious safety issue that might warrant a recall. Tire recalls these days are not unusual and the origin of some of these recalls is consumer supplied data. If you have further questions or concerns, do not hesitate to re-contact YourMechanic as we are always here to help you.

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