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Selling wrong load rated tires

Ever notice how some online websites and even some brick & mortar places sell tires for our vans that are rate at 103 etc?

Sam's Club is that way.
What happens if someone's tires blow out and people get hurt. Can they sue Sam's Club?

Also, may I assume that steel and/or alluminum wheels from a T250 or T350 fits a T150?

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You can sue sam's club anytime you want. Will you win is the issue. The answer is "probably not".
When you sign that legal paper they hand to you its most likely covered in the fine print.
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It's like crossing the road. I tell my kids you may be right. The light is green and your in the crosswalk and someone drives thru a red light. You may be right crossing the road but how important is it when your in the hospital bed after being run over. Exercise caution and make your own decisions. If your tires are rated as such. make the right call. just cause some counter dude told you it will work does that make it the correct tire? People will sell you anything.
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It's like crossing the road. I tell my kids you may be right. The light is green and your in the crosswalk and someone drives thru a red light. You may be right crossing the road but how important is it when your in the hospital bed after being run over. Exercise caution and make your own decisions. If your tires are rated as such. make the right call. just cause some counter dude told you it will work does that make it the correct tire? People will sell you anything.
Oh h€!! I would actually put them on. Last thing I want is to get my wife and kids hurt or killed. But most people have no clue about what load rating their vehicles require. If they go into Sam's Club, the clueless gentleman behind the counter will put on what the computer tells him he can.

He, the injured customer, could sue....and he probably would win.
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Yes, all Transits use the same wheels, not like back in the day when F150, 250, 350 wheels and lug patterns were different.

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Puzzling why the counter person says they sell tires to fit the Transit- when their online tire selector shows they do not sell ANY tire to fit the SRW Transits.

They do sell one tire to fit the DRW- which has different wheels.

Costco doesn't sell any for either DRW or SRW.

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I just looked at the Sam's club web site and it only shows the approved load range tire for our Transits.
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I believe most of the big seller chainstores will only sell you the OEM spec tire. Mom and Pop tire shops usually don't care. Also, the work-around is to buy just the TIRES and then take them to a Mom and Pop local store to be mounted. This also goes for tires larger or smaller than OEM.

Common sense says that tires that are slightly below OEM load rating requirements are going to be perfectly fine, because OEM standards are going to be excessive to cover their butts in the event of an accident. And you'd think that for a 6000lb van with an additional 4000lbs of Merikuns and gear inside weighs 10,000lbs, so a 2500lb tire should get you down the road without any problems. Heck, even a 1500lb tire would work. (because they are also built stronger than their stated capacity). But good luck trying to collect insurance in the event of tire failure caused accident if you have installed tires below OEM standards. Which is why I'll stick to E rated tires.

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I just looked at the Sam's club web site and it only shows the approved load range tire for our Transits.
Interesting- as I stated when I look it shows NONE. I just went and looked at another location in MT rather than SC and it shows none also..

Maybe it varies around the country- I do recall being unable to buy AGM group 31's out west at Sam's when I needed to replace my old ones on my camper while on a trip. Ended up with GC flooded batteries which really wasn't what I wanted.

Then there is the time I bought an AGM battery for our FJCruiser at Sam's in Grand Junction CO.
It failed 2 years later and when I went into my local Sam's they at first refused to warranty it.
It was labeled as an Eveready but when I pointed out they sell the identical battery in the east labeled as Duracell they did swap it.

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Common sense says that tires that are slightly below OEM load rating requirements are going to be perfectly fine, because OEM standards are going to be excessive to cover their butts in the event of an accident. Which is why I'll stick to E rated tires.
The 235/65/16 Hankook OEM tires are E rated with 3195 lbs.

These will be replaced with:

The 245/70/16 Cooper Discoverer tires are E rated with 2910 lbs.

Not concerned with the different lbs rating when converted van weighs about 8000 lbs.
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