WASHINGTON — Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. is recalling 4,045 Roadmaster RM852 EM radial truck tires, size 295/75R22.5, because of a thin inner liner gauge that may cause sidewall failure.
The premium long-haul drive tires were manufactured for Cooper by Qingdao Ge Rui Da Co. in China between Nov. 18 and Dec. 8, 2018, Cooper told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). An unusually high rate of return in the second quarter of 2019 spurred Cooper to analyze the warranty data, the tire maker said.
All of the tires were manufactured on the same tire building machine, and the problem developed after a routine change of the drum and bladder, it said.
"The affected tires may have a visual anomaly on the inside inner liner surface," NHTSA said in its safety recall report. "In-service conditions may include a ride disturbance or, in certain cases, vehicle steering or ride may be impacted."
There have been no reports of deaths, injuries or property damage associated with the recalled tires, Cooper told NHTSA.
Cooper will replace the recalled tires free of charge. The tire maker has begun notifying dealers and will send out owner notification letters as soon as NHTSA grants approval, the defect report said.