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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE NHTSA 05-98
March 29, 1999 Contact: Tim Hurd
Tel. No. (202) 366-9550

NHTSA PUBLISHES LIST OF FEBRUARY, 1999 RECALLS

Cooper Tire & Rubber Company
Models:
Cooper Cobra Radial G/T P215/70R14

Number Involved:   216
Dates of Manufacture: November - December 1998
Defect:  This recall involves Cobra Radial G/T P215/70R14 tires (Serial Number 3DHYC28468, 478, 488) manufactured from Nov. 15 through Dec. 5, 1998; and Viper Radial GT P215/70R14 tires (Serial Numbers 3DHYUDN468 and 478) manufactured from Nov.15, through Nov. 28, 1998. These tires may not have adequate rubber coverage of the belt edge due to low tread gauge under the shoulder slots. If separation is not detected, continued use can cause the ply cords to break and the tubeless liner to tear, which will allow the air to escape and the tire to become flat.

Remedy: Dealers will replace these tires. Owner notification is expected to begin during March 1999. Owners who are unable to receive the free replacement tires within a reasonable time should contact Cooper Tire at 1-800-854-6288.

[NHTSA Recall No. 99T004/Cooper Tire Recall No. 107]

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.