Ford’s tire choice (on higher-end Explorers) is great for car chases, good for vacation, too
The 2020 Ford Explorer will get standard (on Platinum and Limited Hybrid models, anyway) Michelin Selfseal tires that can automatically fix “90 percent of punctures up to a quarter-inch in diameter,” according to Ford. Don’t, we repeat, don’t use this feature to outrun the police during your next traffic stop.
The tires basically come with “an environmentally friendly rubber sealant” made to fill the most common tread punctures. Those are nails, screws, spike strips and the usual stuff you’ll pick up around town. And a quarter-inch isn’t just a tiny thing either. It’s about the width/diameter of a pencil.
On the Chevrolet Bolt, the Selfseals are combined with low rolling resistance tires, but on the Explorer, they’re just some big, chunky SUV-looking rubber.
Ford says the tire technology will allow drivers to continue their journey uninterrupted, but, “if a tread puncture or low pressure is detected, the tire should be inspected and repaired by a tire professional.”
Basically, it’s like Fix-a-Flat that’s already installed in your tire. Even if you do have to stop at a tire shop eventually, at least you won’t have to stop at the side of the road, which is one of the most dangerous things you can do. According to AAA, approximately 12 percent of interstate deaths result from shoulder accidents.
Writer: Jake Lingeman –
Published: March 12, 2019