Three tire companies have recently issued voluntary tire recalls—two safety-related and one for possible mismarking of sidewall information.
Del-Nat Tire Corp. is voluntarily recalling 2,633 Chaparral Radial XT tires in size P235/75R15, because of the potential for blistering on the sidewall, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Memphis, Tenn.-based Del-Nat will replace the non-compliant tires—produced from September 2008 to December 2009—free of charge, NHTSA said.
The tires were manufactured in China by Guizhou Tyre I/E Co. Ltd., according to Del-Nat, which said in a document supplied by NHTSA that an air bubble on the sidewall could indicate a separation. Tread chunking also could occur, the document said.
In its communication with NHTSA, Del-Nat noted the tires being recalled are the same size and manufactured during the same time by Guizhou Tyre as 12,289 Extra Grip AR215 radials being recalled by GTC North America Inc. The reason for the recall is the same as well.
Canton, Ohio-based GTC said it has had no warranty claims, no customer complaints, and no injuries or fatalities resulting from the use of this tire.
Guizhou Tyre discontinued the tire line in December 2009, GTC said, after the imposition of elevated U.S. tariffs on Chinese consumer tires.
The recall was expected to begin on April 9. Owners may contact Del-Nat at 901-775-8125 for more information.
In addition, Indonesian tire manufacturer P.T. Multistrada Arah Sarana is voluntarily recalling 36,592 tires sold under the Achilles and Radar brand names for potential bead and sidewall problems.
The recalled Achilles-brand tires include:
* Achilles Desert Hawk A/P LT215/85R16 115/112L 10PR tires, manufactured between Jan. 1, 2010, and Nov. 30, 2011;
* Achilles Desert Hawk A/P LT225/75R16 115/112L PR10 tires, manufactured between March 1, 2011, and June 30, 2011; and
* Achilles Desert Hawk A/P LT235/85R16 120/116L 10PR tires, manufactured between Jan. 1, 2010, and Nov. 30, 2011.
These tires have a narrow bead design that can cause blistering on the lower sidewall, P.T. Multistrada told NHTSA.
The company also is recalling Radar Radial RLT-9 LT235/85R16 120/116Q 10PR tires manufactured between Dec. 30, 2009, and Jan. 31, 2011. These tires have a defective sidewall design that can lead to tread separation, according to P.T. Multistrada.
The tire maker said it will begin notifying tire owners in April and replace the recalled tires with similar tires free of charge.
In its April 5 noncompliance report to NHTSA, P.T. Multistrada lists two tire importers as its designated agents in the U.S.: American Pacific Industries Inc., of Valencia, Calif., and Omni United (USA) Inc., of Coral Gables, Fla.
Finally, Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. is voluntarily recalling almost 1,100 light truck tires for possible mismarking of sidewall information.
The Findlay, Ohio-based tire maker told NHTSA it will voluntarily recall 1,084 Cooper Discoverer H/T light truck tires, size LT245/75R16, for possible incorrect load ranges, maximum permissible inflation pressures and maximum loads molded on the sidewalls.
The recalled tires were manufactured between Feb. 12 and March 10, 2012, Cooper said.
The company said it began notifying owners April 11 and will replace the tires free of charge, including mounting and balancing. Owners of the tires may call Cooper's consumer relations department at 800-854-6288.