|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
|Monday, December 29 1997
||Contact: Tim Hurd
|Tel. No. (202) 366-9550
NHTSA PUBLISHES LIST
OF NOVEMBER RECALLS
Cooper Tire & Rubber Company
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
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.