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Cooper Tire Recall and Other Tire Defects

by Guy L. Watts II on 04/13/2012

The National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration has sent out multiple recall notices in the last few days.  Consumers should be aware that both Cooper Tire & Rubber Company and PT Multistrada Arah Sarana are recalling various sets of tires.

Cooper Tire Recall 

Cooper Tire & Rubber Company (Cooper) is recalling certain Discoverer H/T tires, size LT245/75R16, manufactured from February 12, 2012, through March 10, 2012. These defective tires were potentially produced with an incorrect load range, maximum permissible inflation pressure, and maximum load molded onto the intended inner sidewall.

The affected Cooper tires fail to conform to the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 139, "New Pneumatic Radial Tires For Light Vehicles." Inaccurate tire labeling may lead to the tire overloading and/or under-inflation, increasing the risk of a vehicle crash.

Cooper will notify owners, and dealers will replace the noncompliant tires free of charge. Free mounting and balancing will also be included, as applicable. The recall is expected to begin on April 11, 2012. Owners may contact Cooper Tire & Rubber Company’s Consumer Relations Department at 1-800-854-6288. Cooper’s recall number is 155.

PT Multistrada Arah Sarana Tire Recall 

PT Multistrada Arah Sarana is recalling certain Achilles Desert Hawk A/P light truck tires, sizes LT215/85R16 115/112L 10PR, LT235/85R16 120/116L 10PR, LT225/75R16 115/112L 10PR, produced between January 2010 and November 2011, and Radar Radial RLT-9 light truck radial tires produced from December 30, 2009, through January 31, 2011. 

  • The Achilles tires were produced with a narrow bead design, which can cause blistering on the lower sidewall.
  • The Radar tires have defective sidewall design, which may lead to tread separation.

Like the Cooper tires mentioned herein, these defective tires also do not comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 139, "New Pneumatic Radial Tires for Light Vehicles." These tires may experience blistering on their sidewall or tread separation that may cause sudden loss of air, increasing the risk of a vehicle crash.

PT. Multistrada Arah Sarana will notify owners, and replace the noncompliant tires with a similar tire free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin during April 2012. Owners may contact PT. Multistrada Arah Sarana Customer Hotline at 1-800-944-8414.

A tire’s bead area is extremely important because it is the contact point for the tire and wheel.  The bead allows the tire to stay inflated.   If there is a defect in the bead area, consumers usually won't be able to see it, and will thus never know they are at risk for a blowout.  The effect of a bead defect is a sudden loss of air pressure ("blow out") while traveling on the road.  This could lead to a crash, resulting in serious injuries or death. 

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Tags: Tire Defects, Cooper Tires, PT Multistrada Arah Sarana Tires

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