FONTANA, Calif. (April 6, 2004) — Kumho Tire U.S.A. is collecting about 1,400 ECSTA V710 Competition Tires from the market and is discontinuing its sale following “inconsistent” test results, the tire maker said.
The V710 was introduced to the market Jan. 1, after which it won several races and set track records, Kumho said in a statement. The tire maker said the tires have not experienced any air loss failures, but the company discovered some “inconsistent test results relating to tread splice and tread area durability.”
A Kumho spokesman said company officials hope to re-introduce the tire in about 60 days. “They just want to do some more testing on it,” he told Tire Business. He said most of the tires were sold through mail order/online marketer The Tire Rack, which is working to recover the products. In a statement, Kumho said it also carried out an investigation into the cause of the inconsistencies and made modifications to the product and production methods.
Kumho will replace tires collected from consumers with either Kumho ECSTA V700 or Victoracer tire for free. Customers who bought the tires must contact the dealership where they were purchased or call (800) 445-8646, ext. 342. Customers also will get a certificate for a free set of the modified V710 when it is sold again, the Fontana-based tire maker said.