Les Schwab Tire Centers Inc. is recalling 41,336 retreaded truck tires because the vulcanizing compound may not have been completely cured, leaving the possibility that the tread may not have fully adhered to the tire casing.
The potentially affected tires were retreaded at Les Schwab's three retread facilities during calendar weeks 42 through 50 in 2017. The tires have these DOTR numbers: RDNJ4217RS - RDNJ5017RS, RNVK4417RS - RNVK5017RS and RCEE4217RS - RCEE5017RS.
The recall involves steel-belted radial truck tires retreaded using AZ gum rubber supplied by Hexpol Rubber Compounding. According to documents filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Les Schwab has determined Hexpol's gum rubber compound may not cure fully during the specified minimum curing time and temperature. "This was undetectable at the time of production and delivery."
Les Schwab notified its dealers on March 9, 2018, to hold inventory. Les Schwab will notify customers and exchange the affected tires for properly retreaded ones, free of charge. Owners may contact Les Schwab at (541) 416-4136.
Owners also may contact the NHTSA Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.