Tire that caused Fla. van crash part of recall

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Associated Press

Posted on March 12, 2014 at 3:01 PM

Updated Thursday, Mar 13 at 3:00 AM

LAKE CITY, Fla. (AP) — Federal safety officials are investigating a fatal church van crash in north Florida that involved the catastrophic failure of a tire that was part of a July 2012 recall.

The National Transportation Safety Board reported Wednesday that the 2-year-old BFGoodrich Commercial T/A A/S was part of a product recall initiated by that company for approximately 794,000 tires.

On Feb. 21, the left rear tire blew out on the New Port Richey's First Baptist Church van that was traveling on Interstate 75 near Lake City. Two adults were killed in the crash. Another adult and seven children were injured.

The NTSB says it will examine the tire and try to see if the church ever received the safety recall notice.

A telephone message seeking comment from Michelin, BFGoodrich's parent company, wasn't immediately returned.

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