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NHTSA 05-98
Monday, December 29 1997 Contact: Tim Hurd

Tel. No. (202) 366-9550


Cooper Tire & Rubber Company
Brands: P215/70R14
Number Involved: 236
Dates of Manufacture: September 1997
NHTSA Recall No.: 97T008
Tire Description: Cooper Trendsetter SE (Serial No. 3DHYC2J367), Multi-Mile Matrix (Serial No. 3DHYTMN367), and Western Auto Sentry Premier II A/S (Serial No. 3DHYUDH367).
Description of Defect: These tires may not have been properly manufactured with adequate rubber coverage of the radial belt edge.
Consequence of Defect: This condition can cause the tire components to separate. If the separation is not detected, continued use could cause the ply cords to break and the tubeless liner to tear, losing the inflated air. Loss of air could result in loss of control of the vehicle, increasing the risk of a vehicle crash.
Corrective Action: Dealers will replace these wheels as well as mount and balance the new tires.
Owner Notification: Owner notification began Dec. 3, 1997.
Note: Owners who take their tires to an authorized dealer and do not receive a free replacement within a reasonable time should contact Cooper at 1-800-854-6288.

NHTSA said it is publicizing the recalls to alert consumers about safety problems and encourages them to take action. Under federal law, safety problems must be remedied without cost to consumers. Currently, 70 percent of the owners of vehicles with safety problems have the recall work performed.

NHTSA said manufacturers are required to mail a recall notice to all purchasers, owners and dealers when a safety defect or noncompliance with federal safety standards is found. The agency urges owners to wait until they receive notification from the manufacturer before contacting their dealers to schedule the repair work. Not all vehicles of a particular make and model may be subject to the recall.