|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
|February 8, 1999
||Contact: Tim Hurd
|Tel. No. (202) 366-9550
NHTSA PUBLISHES LIST
OF DECEMBER RECALLS
Cooper Tire & Rubber Company
Models: Trendsetter SE P225/70R15
Number Involved: 1,683
Dates of Manufacture: August - September
Defect: This recall involves Cooper
Trendsetter SE, Serial Numbers 3DUUC2J358 and 3DUUC2J368 (Aug. 30 through Sept. 12, 1998),
Mastercraft A/S IV, Serial Numbers 3DUUFFU338, 3DUUFFU348, and 3DUUFFU358 (Aug. 16 through
Sept. 5, 1998), and Hercules MRX Plus IV, Serial Numbers 3DUUHNM338 (manufactured Aug. 16
through Aug. 22, 1998) tubeless radial standard load tires. 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, causing a loss of air. Remedy: Dealers will
inspect these tires and replace, mount, and balance the new tires at no charge. Owner
notification began Nov. 20, 1998. Owners who do not receive the free replacement tires
within a reasonable time should contact Cooper at 1-800-854-6288.
[NHTSA Recall No. 98T004/Cooper Recall No. 105]
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.