CLEVELAND, Ohio (Aug. 17, 2001)– Alcoa Wheel Products said dealers and vehicle owners still have the opportunity to replace recalled Alcoa light truck wheels with new products offered in the same LTS style.
The Cleveland-based wheel maker, in October 2000, issued a voluntarily recall notice on 16 x7J, LTS-style, eight on 6.5-inch bolt pattern wheels (Alcoa part No. 167011).
The recalled wheels were manufactured strictly for the aftermarket and are used primarily on three-quarter and one-ton pick-up trucks. The company said they potentially can develop one or more cracks from hand hole to hand hole which, in time, could result in the wheel separating from the vehicle.
No injuries nave been associated with the use of this product. However, Alcoa has volunteered to recall and replace it with an alternate style at no further cost to consumers.
Before undertaking any work on the wheel or vehicle, a dealer must call the Alcoa Wheel Service Center at (888) 279-3055 for instructions and an authorization number. The authorization number is necessary to arrange payment for services as well as replacement and return of wheels.
Authorized payment, the company said, includes reasonable costs of demounting, tire balancing, replacement wheels and remounting of the assembly.
The recall applies to part No. 167011 products only. Dealers and customers can tell whether they have this wheel by checking the part number in the wheel roll stamp, positioned on the outside or brake side (not the tire side) of the rim near the hand hole and in line with and opposite the valve location.
For more information on the recall, replacement procedures and replacement wheels, call (888) 279-3055 or write the Alcoa Wheel Service Center, 106 N. 1st Avenue, Clarion, Penn., 16214.