WASHINGTON — Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. has petitioned the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in the case of 484 Cooper Mastercraft Courser HSX Tour brand tires, size 275/55R20.
The tires, which were manufactured March 6-15, 2017, are labeled on their inboard sidewalls with the manufacturer's plant code identification "UP" (FIndlay, Ohio) instead of the correct "UT," (Texarkana, Texas), Cooper told NHTSA.
Although the tires bear the wrong plant code, they comply with all other federal safety and performance standards, Cooper said in its petition.
Also, "UP" is still the code for a Cooper facility, which minimizes the chance of error in identifying the place of manufacture in case of a recall, the tire maker said.
"Cooper Tire has modified its internal registration systems to allow for the proper registration of the affected tires," NHTSA wrote in a June 5 Federal Register notice.
Interested parties have until July 5 to comment on the petition. The notice can be found online.