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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NHTSA 21-98
Thursday, April 16, 1998 Contact: Tim Hurd

MISC. EQUIPMENT

Tel. No. (202) 366-9550

Cooper Tire & Rubber Company

Brands:

Cooper Lifeliner Grand Classic STE
Mastercraft Mark VII

Number Involved: 607
Dates of Manufacture: December 1997
NHTSA Recall No.: 98T001 Cooper Campaign No. 103
Tire Description: P235/60R16, Serial Numbers 3D14C1B497 and 3D14FEU497.
Description of Defect: These tires may not have adequate rubber coverage of the belt edge due to wide belt endings. The belt wires eventually cause cracking resulting in exposed belts.
Consequence of Defect: This condition can cause the tire to separate. Loss of tire air pressure could result in loss of control of the vehicle increasing the risk of a crash.
Corrective Action: Dealers will replace these tires as well as mount and balance the new tires.
Owner Notification: Owner notification began March 2, 1998.
Note: Owners who take their tires to an authorized dealer and do not receive the free replacement within a reasonable time should contact Cooper at 1-800-854-6288.

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.