Giti Tire (USA) Ltd. is recalling certain Primewell Valera Touring II replacement passenger car tires in six sizes. The potential number of units affected is 394,378.
According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Office of Defects Investigation, the affected tires may develop cracks in the lower sidewall, potentially resulting in a loss of air. "A loss of air pressure may result in sudden tire failure, increasing the risk of a crash."
The sizes being recalled are: 185/65R14 86H, 195/60R15 88H, 205/55R16 91H, 205/60R16 92V, 215/60R17 96H and 235/60R17 102T.
Owners of the recalled tires will be notified by mail about the recall and will be directed to go to the retailer where the tires were purchased for a free replacement. Giti will replace tires as follows: If one or two tires were purchased, two tires will be replaced; if three or four tires were purchased, four tires will be replaced.
A toll free number (877-342-0882) has been established to handle inquiries. Additionally, owners can send an email to Primewellemail@example.com, or visit http://recall.primewell-us.com/ for more information.
They also may contact the NHTSA Vehicle Safety Hotline at (888) 327-4236 or by visiting www.safercar.gov.