CLEVELAND—Alcoa Wheel Products International is recalling more than 70,000 16x6-inch dualie light truck wheels that may contain process-induced stresses that in time could lead to cracks, potentially resulting in loss of air pressure and possible separation of the tire/wheel assembly. Alcoa said the recalled wheels, produced between September 1993 and June 1996, commonly are used on full-ton pickups and some GMC motorhomes. They were sold only in the automotive aftermarket.
Similar products furnished as original equipment to vehicle makers, such as Ford Motor Co., General Motors Corp. and DaimlerChrysler A.G., are not involved in the recall, it said.
Owners are advised to take the recalled wheels to their local dealer for inspection. Those found to be affected will be replaced at no cost to the customer, Alcoa said.
Customers and dealers can determine whether such wheels are included by checking the part number and date of manufacture in the wheel roll stamp.
The Alcoa LTS model wheels involved display part numbers 160251, 160252, 160261, 160262, 160271 or 160272.
The company's Classic model wheels bear part numbers 160231, 160232, 160241, 160242, 160281, 160282, 160291, 160292, 160301 or 160302.
Before undertaking any work on the wheel, including initial inspection, Alcoa is asking dealers to phone its special campaign center at (888) 279-3055 for instructions and an authorization number, which is necessary in order for dealers to receive payment for their services and to arrange for the possible return of the wheels.
Alcoa said authorized payment to dealers will include reasonable costs for demounting, tire balancing and remounting the wheel assembly.