Federal safety officials are investigating a fatal church van crash in Columbia County that involved the catastrophic failure of a tire that was part of a July 2012 product recall.
On Feb. 21, a van from the First Baptist Church in New Port Richey was traveling on Interstate 75 near Lake City when the left rear tire blew out. Two adults were killed in the resulting crash, while another adult and seven juveniles were injured.
The National Transportation Safety Board reported Wednesday that the tire involved in the crash, a two-year-old BFGoodrich Commercial T/A A/S, was part of a product recall initiated by BFGoodrich for approximately 794,000 tires.
The NTSB says it will examine the tire and review the effectiveness of the recall process to determine whether the First Baptist Church ever received the safety recall notice.
A telephone message seeking comment from Michelin, BFGoodrich's parent company, wasn't immediately returned.