|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
|Thursday, April 16, 1998
||Contact: Tim Hurd
|Tel. No. (202) 366-9550
Cooper Tire & Rubber Company
|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
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
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.