WASHINGTON (March 5, 2010) — Hercules Tire & Rubber Co. is recalling 1,119 Hercules Terra Trac SUV tires, size 245/70R17, manufactured between Nov. 15 and Dec. 12, 2009.
Hercules notified the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that Cooper Tire & Rubber Co., which manufactured the tires for Hercules, determined the tires may develop chunking or cracking in the tread shoulder area. In some cases tread chunks may fall away completely from the casing, causing damage to the vehicle or loss of control during driving, Hercules said.
NHTSA said on its Web site that the recall will begin sometime in March. Owners of the tires may call either Cooper's toll-free customer relations hotline at 800-854-6288 or Hercules at 419-425-6400 for information about free tire replacement.