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Falken announces voluntary recall

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Falken Tire Corp. is voluntarily recalling nearly 5,000 light truck tires.

Size LT235/85R16 and LT245/75R16 Ohtsu High Country A/P and Falken Radial A/P units are included in the recall.

The tires, which were made between August 2000 and mid-January 2001, do not comply with certain federal tire strength requirements. "If the tires are subjected to impact or heavy load a failure may occur," say company officials.

However, same-size Falken and Ohtsu brand replacement tires -- which were built near the end of January -- are compliant, according to Richard Smallwood, Falken's vice president of sales and marketing.

The Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.-based company will replace recalled tires with new units or with other brands at no cost to consumers. Dealers will receive complete payment right away through a credit card system to cut down on paperwork.

Falken has set no deadline for recall completion. "It all depends on how quickly we get the information out to customers," says Smallwood.

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