WASHINGTON — The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has granted Cooper Tire & Rubber Co.'s petition for a decision of inconsequential noncompliance in the case of 37 mislabeled Multi-Mile Grand Tour LS passenger tires.
The tires were manufactured between March 24 and March 29, 2016, at Cooper's plant in Tupelo, Miss., Cooper told NHTSA.
They have an incorrect manufacturer's identification mark on the outer sidewall, the agency said in its April 11 Federal Register notice. They are marked "Y9," indicating P.T. Gadjah Tunggal's factory in Indonesia, instead of "U9," which identifies Cooper's plant in Tupelo, it said.
While the outboard manufacturer's identification code is wrong, the full and correct tire code is on the inboard sidewall, Cooper told NHTSA.
Cooper has also taken steps to ensure that the "U9" code is accepted for purposes of tire registration and recall despite the error, it said.
The Federal Register notice can be found online.
The Multi-Mile brand is owned by TBC Corp.