WASHINGTON—Taiwanese tire maker Federal Corp. is recalling 8,513 Couragia A/T tires, size P265/75R16 116S, because of the risk of tread shoulder chunking, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Federal said the tires in questions fail to conform to the durability test requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 139, "New Pneumatic Radial Tires for Light Vehicles." Federal said it has received warranty claims relating to the tires.
Tire shoulder tread chunking could cause a tire failure and increase the risk of a crash, Federal said. Federal will notify owners and will replace the tires, free of charge.
The tires in question carry DOT serial numbers UX77 3210 through UX 77 0813, indicating they were built at Federal's plant in Taipei, Taiwan, starting the 32nd week of 2010 and through the eighth week of 2013.
The recall is expected to begin as soon as Federal is able to compile a list of customers who purchased the affected tires. It will then notify distributors, dealers and owners by certified mail or by regular mail as appropriate.
This process could start as soon as the end of April and the recall during June, Federal said. Interested parties may call a toll free number, 855-444-8250, for more information.