WASHINGTON (July 16) — Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. voluntarily has launched a recall of about 92,000 light truck radials because of consumer complaints about belt separations.
Cooper said in a July 2 filing with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration it has found no manufacturing or design-related defect in the 16-inch Dominator Sport A/Tsubject tires, which were made at Cooper´s Findlay, Ohio, plant between July 2002 and March 2005. NHTSA posted the recall notice on its Web site July 13, and Cooper began notifying consumers July 10. The tires were sold at Discount Tire Co. stores
NHTSA initiated a preliminary evaluation of the tires a year ago based on early warning response data it received as part of the TREAD Act. In December, the agency upgraded the investigation to an engineering analysis with input from Cooper, but that study found no manufacturing or design flaws, the Cooper notice said.
NHTSA and Cooper officials met again in June to discuss the situation, and Cooper then decided to recall 91,747 of the suspect tires, which are size LT265/75R16 Load Range E.
Cooper will replace the tires free of charge within 90 days of customers´ receipt of the recall notice.
The notice on NHTSA´s Web site didn´t say if the tires have been involved in any accidents. A letter from Cooper to Discount Tire and its customers mentions the possibility of property damage resulting from a belt separation.