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mastertec; just checked the label on my 11 charger, says to inflate tires to 30 psi recomendation. tires are michelin's, rated at 44psi maximum inflation under full load. so theoretically, inflating them to 30 psi will cause them to wear faster due to underinflation. i personally witnessed this for over 25 years, in dealerships, ranging from gm, vw, toyota, ford, kia, etc. as for them not doing this due to the firestone fiasco, cmon be realistic, that was due to firestone not building a tire correctly, & all vehicle manufacturer's not telling the owners to keep better track of their tire wear & pressure. just like when firestone first tried building radials in the 70's. another fiasco i witnessed first hand, working in a tire dealership at the time.
fords major issue was in trying to keep the tire issue quiet, instead of manning up, & replacing all the firestone tires when the problem first surfaced. all manufacturer's do this, & will continue. no matter what people think.
please dont take offense here, the above is my humble opinion, based on my observation's gathered from working on cars professionally from 1975- the present day. i am retired now due to terminall health issues, but i still keep my hand in, as do all of us here.
also just as an aside here; most cars & trucks sent to dealerships new, have tires on them that were purchased in large bulk groups, at the cheapest possible price, for several reasons. premature wear, cost cutting, name recogntion, etc. these are the reasons why the service end of dealerships are always more profitable than the sales side. a fact that has been proven to me many times over my career.
as for me,i'm a retired ase master tech, co-own a 2012 dodge durango sxt, and my personal vehicles, my 99 ram 3500 1 ton van, a 06 hd nitetrain, & a 67 hd flh shovelhead , and a 99 sea ray bow rider boat