CLEVELAND (Oct. 9, 2000) — Alcoa Wheel Products, a unit of Aluminum Co. of America (Alcoa), has voluntarily recalled a 16-inch aftermarket light-truck wheel it says is subject to cracking and potential failure.
The forged aluminum wheel, Alcoa part number 167011, is an LTS-style (five-spoke) model, size 16x7J, with an 8 on 6.5-inch bolt pattern. It is used primarily on 3/4- and 1-ton pickups, Alcoa said, and approximately 25,000 have been sold to consumers.
A crack can develop from hand hole to hand hole, the company said, and can result in additional cracks and potential failure over time, including the possible separation of the wheel from the vehicle. Alcoa said it is not aware of any injuries that have resulted from use of this wheel.
To determine whether a wheel is the one being recalled, dealers and customers can check the part number in the wheel roll stamp, which is positioned on the outside of the rim near the hand hole and in line with the tire valve location.
A cracked wheel should be removed from service immediately, Alcoa said; all others should be replaced as soon as practical.
Alcoa will replace recalled wheels with an alternate style at no cost to consumers. A modified design of the LTS-style wheel should be available by April, the company said.
Dealers must call the Alcoa Wheel Service Center — (888) 279-3055 — to obtain instructions and an authorization number before beginning any work on the wheel or vehicle, Alcoa advised. The authorization number is necessary to arrange for payment for service, as well as replacement and return of wheels.
The company said authorized payment will include the reasonable costs of demounting, tire balancing, replacement wheels and remounting of the assembly.
For additional information, contact the Alcoa Wheel Service Center, 106 N. First Ave., Clarion, Pa. 16214; (888) 279-3055.