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DEFENDER Tires by Michelin®. Season: All Season. Type: Performance. Specially designed for those drivers who travel a lot around the country and have to drive in various weather conditions, all-season tires are definitely a bang for the buck. They provide stable handling and year-around traction to ensure comfortable and safe driving.



  • Allow for responsive handling in any weather conditions
  • Enhanced traction and superb cornering, even in light snow
  • Optimized tread pattern design
  • Durable, damage-resistant construction
  • Provide long-lasting service

Forget about those unnecessary expenses from the budget associated with switching between summer and winter tires. All-season tires are an ultimate traction solution for any car or truck owner as they give them freedom from the money-spending cycle, providing a reliable, year-round service. The tires are designed to work perfectly in any weather conditions: during low temperatures in the wet or snow and high temperatures in the dry. Such superb performance is assured thanks to a tough, abrasion-resistant construction of the tires and their unique tread design. What you get is superb cornering and steering response, enhanced traction, and quiet ride. Stop throwing your money and time away and go with the All-Season Tires that are offered at CARiD at more than reasonable prices.

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Michelin North America operates in the United States, Canada and Mexico with headquarter operations and plants in each country. This demonstrates Michelin's long-term strategy of being close to its customers. Michelin North America is a $7.25 billion dollar a year company operating 18 plants in 16 locations and employs 22,270 people. It manufactures and sells tires for airplanes, automobiles, farm equipment, heavy duty trucks, motorcycles, bicycles and the space shuttle. Michelin manufactures tires in six states: Alabama, Indiana, Ohio, Oklahoma, North Carolina and South Carolina. In addition, there are three plants in Nova Scotia, Canada and one plant in Queretaro, Mexico. Two plants specialize in the manufacturing of semi-finished goods taking raw materials and turning them into components for the plants that produce tires and one plant strictly produces synthetic rubber. Finished goods are produced in sixteen plants, two sites produce retreads for the trucking and one site produces retreads for the aircraft industry. Michelin Maps and Guides also produce road atlases, road maps and travel guides for all the major cities in North America.

Warranty Information

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To ensure your understanding of and compliance with the terms and conditions of this warranty, please read it carefully. It is essential that you also read and understand the safety and maintenance recommendations for tires contained in this Owner’s Manual.


This warranty covers the original purchaser of MICHELIN® passenger and light truck replacement tires.


MICHELIN passenger and light truck replacement tires that are used in normal service on the vehicle on which they were originally fitted are covered as follows:

Workmanship and Materials

If there is a defect in workmanship and materials during the life of the original usable tread, or six years from date of purchase (whichever comes first), a replacement, or pro rata replacement of the tire may be available under this warranty. The “date of purchase” refers to the date on your sales invoice. If you cannot find your sales invoice, the date will be calculated based on the date of manufacture which is molded on the sidewall of your tire. The “life of the usable tread” refers to the original tread worn down to the level of the treadwear indicators, which is 2/32nds of an inch (1.6 mm) of tread remaining.


If the tire treadware does not reach its mileage warranty a pro rata replacement of the tire may be available under this warranty. For the mileage warranty associated with a specific tire, please see your Michelin tire retailer. Note that if you use different size tires on the front and rear axles your tires cannot be rotated as recommended by Michelin. As a result, the mileage warranty on each rear tire will be half that specified.


This warranty does not cover tires damaged due to misuse, abuse or accident such as:

  • Road hazards (e.g., cuts, snags, bruises, impact damage or punctures).
  • Incorrect mounting of the tire, tire/wheel imbalance or improper repair.
  • Misapplication, improper maintenance, racing, underinflation, overinflation or other abuse.
  • Uneven or rapid wear which is caused by mechanical irregularity in the vehicle such as wheel misalignment, (a measured tread difference of 2/32nds of an inch or more across the tread on the same tire).
  • Accident, fire, chemical corrosion, tire alteration or vandalism.
  • Flat spotting caused by improper storage or brakelock.
  • The addition of liquid, solid or gaseous materials other than air, nitrogen or carbon dioxide (for example, waterbase sealers or balancing substances).
  • Cosmetic ozone or weather cracking.
  • Use of MICHELIN® Self-Supporting Zero Pressure (ZP) tires without a properly operating low air pressure warning system.
  • Use of MICHELIN® tires that is inconsistent with the safety information provided in your owner’s manual.
  • Use of MICHELIN® tires that is inconsistent with the maintenance information provided in your owner’s manual.
  • MICHELIN® Self-Supporting Zero Pressure (ZP) tires have the same mileage warranty as the standard tire line of which they are a part, up to, but not exceeding, 30,000 miles.
  • No treadwear warranty for tires used in commercial applications.
  • DOT-approved competition tires (e.g., MICHELIN® Pilot® Sport Cup tires) are excluded from any mileage warranty.
  • Tires branded “Blemished” or “BLEM” are not adjustable for appearance conditions.
  • Winter tires must be used during winter months only, defined as a period beginning on or after September 1st of a given year and ending no later than April 30th of the following year. MICHELIN® Winter tires require documentation of the timing of the installation and removal of the tires each winter to maintain coverage under the limited warranty for treadwear.



If a tire is covered, and 2/32nds of an inch (1.6mm) or less of the original tread is worn (or 25% or less, whichever is more beneficial to you), and it is within 12 months of the date of purchase, we will, free of charge, replace your tire with a comparable new MICHELIN® replacement tire, mount the tire, and balance the tire. You must pay the cost of any other service charges and applicable taxes, including PAX Gel/Gel 3 packs. If a tire is covered, and more than 2/32nds of an inch of original tread has been worn (or more than 25%, whichever is more beneficial to you), or it has been more than 12 months from the date of purchase, we will replace the tire with a comparable new MICHELIN replacement tire on a pro rata basis. This means that you will be responsible for paying a portion of the cost. The Michelin tire retailer will determine the portion that you will be responsible for by multiplying the percentage of the original usable tread worn, by the current selling price at the adjustment location or the price in the current Michelin Base Price List, whichever is lower. You also will be responsible for paying in-full the cost of mounting and balancing the tire, and the cost of any other service charges and applicable taxes, including PAX Gel/Gel 3 packs.


If a tire is covered and wears out evenly before delivering the warranted mileage, we will replace the tire with a comparable new MICHELIN® replacement tire on a pro rata basis. This means that you will be responsible for paying a portion of the cost. The Michelin tire retailer will determine the portion for which you will be responsible by multiplying the percent of mileage received by the current actual selling price at the adjustment location or the price of the tire in the current Michelin Base Price List, whichever is lower. You will be responsible for paying in-full the cost of mounting and balancing the tire, and the cost of any other service charges and applicable taxes, including PAX Gel/Gel 3 packs.


Take your tire to any Michelin tire retailer. The retailer may require that you provide the following:

  • The vehicle on which the tire was used.
  • Personal identification (e.g. Driver’s License).
  • Your vehicle registration.
  • Payment if you owe a pro rata share for the replacement.
  • A completed Service Record form, and Original Owner/Tire Installation Information Form.
  • Your original invoice and copy of this Owner’s Manual.
  • For treadwear replacement claims, documents showing that your tires have been rotated and inspected every 6,000-8,000 miles or as specified by your vehicle manufacturer, whichever is lower, and the attached Mounting and Rotation Service Record has been fully completed and signed.


This warranty does not provide compensation for loss of time, loss of use of vehicle, inconvenience or consequential damage. Some states do not allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages, so these limitations or exclusions may not apply to you. This warranty limits the length of all express and implied claims. Some states do not allow limitations on how long an implied warranty lasts, so this limitation may not apply to you. Tires presented for claim remain the property of the consumer, and we are not responsible for loss of or damage to tires which are in the custody or control of a Michelin tire retailer for the purpose of inspection for warranty claims. In the event of a disputed claim, the consumer must make the tire available for further inspection. Tires accepted for claim become the property of Michelin. No Michelin representative, employee or retailer has the authority to make or imply any representation, promise or agreement, which in any way varies the terms of this warranty. These limited warranties apply only in the United States and Canada. This warranty gives the user specific legal rights, and the user may also have other rights which vary from state to state.


ALL CLAIMS ARISING FROM THIS LIMITED WARRANTY OR THE MARKETING, SALE OR PERFORMANCE OF THE PURCHASED PRODUCT AGAINST MICHELIN NORTH AMERICA, INC. AND ITS AGENTS, EMPLOYEES, DEALERS, AFFILIATES, PARENT OR SISTER CORPORATIONS, RELATED CORPORATE ENTITIES, PREDECESSORS, SUCCESSORS OR ASSIGNS (HEREINAFTER COLLECTIVELY “MICHELIN”) SHALL BE SUBJECT TO BINDING ARBITRATION. You and Michelin acknowledge your and its right to litigate claims, disputes and controversies arising out of or in connection with this limited warranty or the marketing, sale or performance of the purchased product in court, but prefer to resolve any such claims, disputes and controversies through arbitration and hereby waive the right to litigate such claims, disputes and controversies in court upon election of arbitration by either party. Therefore, you and Michelin agree that all claims, disputes, and controversies between you and Michelin arising out of or in connection with this limited warranty, or any other warranties, express or implied, including a failure of warranty, or any claims arising out of or in connection with the marketing, sale or performance of the purchased product, including but not limited to claims for consumer fraud or brought under any consumer protection statute, but excluding claims for personal injury or property damage, shall be finally resolved solely by arbitration, upon election by either party, according to the formal dispute resolution procedures then in effect of the National Arbitration Forum, or if the National Arbitration Forum is no longer conducting such arbitrations, a successor organization thereto or such other private arbitration service as you and Michelin shall mutually agree (the actual authority involved, the “Arbitral Body”). The Arbitral Body shall decide the issues submitted in accordance herewith, provided that all substantive questions of law will be determined under the laws of the State in which you purchased the product at issue. You agree that no claim subject to arbitration shall be arbitrated as a class action, or on a class-wide or representative basis, or on behalf of the general public, or on behalf of other persons that may be similarly situated. You agree that you do not have the right to act as a private attorney general, a class representative, or to participate as a member of a class of claimants with any claim subject to arbitration. You further agree that no claim subject to arbitration shall be heard by a jury and that any judgment or award of the Arbitral Body will be final and not subject to judicial review. All arbitrations will be conducted as document hearings. Each party shall bear its own costs arising from and associated with the document hearing with the exception of the arbitrator’s fee which will be borne by all parties in equal shares. If either party requests any procedures beyond a document hearing, the requesting party will be responsible for all fees, including filing and administrative fees, above and beyond the fees required for document hearings. Any award of the arbitrator(s) may be entered as a judgment and shall be enforceable in any court of competent jurisdiction. The arbitrators will have no authority to award punitive or other damages not measured by the prevailing party’s actual damages, except as may be required by statute.

Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act:
Legally, a vehicle manufacturer cannot void the warranty on a vehicle due to an aftermarket part unless they can prove that the aftermarket part caused or contributed to the failure in the vehicle (per the Magnuson Moss Warranty Act (15 U.S.C. 2302(C)) Learn More

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5 of 5
Quality, Dependable All Weather Tire
I needed new tires for a used car I recently purchased and wanted Michelins. I read about the Defender and for the price, it can't be beat. A long time ago I discovered that while you can pay less for other brands of tires, invariably you will end up buying 2 sets of another brand to one set of Michelins. They just last longer and ride better. I was intrigued with the high tread wear rating of the Defenders. With a rating of 820, and an expected mileage of 90,000, how can you go wrong? I have had the tires on for about 6 weeks and so far, I am very satisfied. I expect they will handle very well in the snow now that winter is here. You may pay a bit more for Michelin tires up front, but you will save money in the long run.
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2006 Buick Lucerne
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