FINDLAY, Ohio (Aug. 14, 2012)—Hercules Tire & Rubber Co. is voluntarily recalling 1,222 H502 radial medium tubeless truck tires, size 315/80R22.5, because of the possibility of their having been made with insufficient liner thickness.
The affected tires, Load Range J heavy-duty steer tires, were manufactured in China by Sailun Tire Corp. during the last week of 2011 through the 21st week of 2012, according to information released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The presence of an insufficient inner liner could lead to the formation of voids, which could result in early life sidewall separations, increasing the risk of a vehicle crash, NHTSA said. It is unknown at this time, but under investigation, whether there have been any specific crashes or other incidents related to this defect, the agency added.
Hercules indicated the manufacturing anomaly was a result of an improperly working tire-building machine at Sailun's plant in Qingdao, China, according to NHTSA. The plant's Department of Transportation identification number is 53.
Hercules Tire imports the tires and sells them to various distributors or through its own distributors, who in turn sell the tires to the end-user for use on their vehicles, NHTSA said. Hercules said it has identified many of the tires are still in its inventory in various locations. In addition, 132 of the potentially affected units were sold, or were to be sold, in Canada.
In carrying out the recall Hercules Tire will replace tires verified as coming from the “potentially affected population,” mount the new tires and balance them on the vehicle, if needed. Tires not yet mounted to vehicles will be replaced and destroyed.
Hercules already has notified its Tire Distribution Warehouses to hold all potentially affected tires and should contact their associate dealers for tire removal, quarantine and return to the local TDW location.
Hercules is in the process of contacting owners. Owners may also contact NHTSA's Vehicle Safety Hotline at 888-327-4236 or go to www.safercar.gov.