WASHINGTON — Hankook Tire America Corp. has petitioned the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for a ruling of inconsequential non-compliance for 467 Hankook Ventus V2 Concept 2 tires that were mislabeled.
The subject tires, size 235/45R17V XL, were produced at Hankook's factory in Clarksville, Tenn., between Oct. 7 and Oct. 12, 2019.
Hankook said these tires are not in compliance with federal safety regulations because of a molding error. The date-code in the Tire Identification Number molded into the tire was inverted, resulting that bit of information appearing upside down on the tires.
In its petition, Hankook notes that the date-code characters reflect the correct week and year of the tires' manufacture but it's technically out of compliance because the characters are inverted.
The agency's acknowledgement of Hankook's petition appears in a recent edition of the Federal Register.
Hankook said it is not aware of any complaints, claims or incidents related to the subject noncompliance.
Interested persons are invited to submit written data, views, and arguments on the petition. Comments must refer to the docket and notice number cited in the title of this notice and may be submitted by any of the following methods:
Mail: Send comments by mail addressed to the U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M-30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590.
Electronically: Submit comments electronically by logging onto the Federal Docket Management System (FDMS) website at regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for submitting comments.