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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NHTSA 80-98
Contact: Tim Hurd


Tel. No. (202) 366-9550

Kelly Springfield Tire Company

Models:

P20570R14 Years:
P20570R15 Years:


Number Involved: 594,853
Dates of Manufacture: March 1996 - September 1997
NHTSA Recall No.: 98T002
Description of Defect: Tire Sizes P205/70R14 and P205/70R15: Big O Legacy Tour Plus, Embassy Diplomat, Arizonian Limited Edition, Kelly Aqua Tour, Ultra Touring GT, Telstar Premium Touring, Laramie Premium Touring, Jetzon Ultra Quad +, Sears Superguard GT, Motomaster SK 110, Co-Op Golden Mark, Cordovan Grand Prix, Shell Touring 2000, Multi-Mile Grand Am, Sigma Supreme Touring, Concorde touring 9000, Summit Touring TLR, Pos-A-Traction, and P205/70R15 Unocal Touring Radial tires, Serial Numbers beginning with "PJ" and ending with a combination of 136 through 367. A circumferential cracking condition in the lower sidewall above the bead area can occur. This condition can cause a premature failure of the tire.
Remedy: Dealers will replace these tires free of charge to the consumer.
Owner Notification: Owner notification was expected to begin June 1, 1998. Owners who do not receive the free replacement tire within a reasonable time should contact Kelly Springfield at 1-800-592-3267, Option #2.

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.