Published on December 10, 2013

Hankook asks NHTSA for finding of inconsequential noncompliance

WASHINGTON (Dec. 10, 2013) — Hankook Tire American Corp. has asked the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for a ruling of inconsequential noncompliance regarding incorrect sidewall markings on approximately 6,257 Hankook Roadhandler Sport tires, size 215/45R17 91W XL.

The tires were manufactured between June 21 and Aug. 29, 2013, Hankook told NHTSA. Because of a tire mold labeling error, the sidewall markings incorrectly describe the number of plies in the tires’ tread areas.

The markings say the tires have two nylon plies, when in fact they only have one.

The tires otherwise meet all federal safety standards, Hankook said, and will not be compromised as to performance or safety because of the marking errors.

NHTSA gave interested parties until Jan. 9 to comment.

Hankook did not say where the tires were manufactured.


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