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Tire repair material supplier Tech International Inc. is expanding safety recall 08T018 to include the following snap-in tire valve models: TR413, TR413CH, TR414, TR415, TR418, and TR423 manufactured between July 2006 and November 2006.

Officials from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) made the recall public June 5. At that time, it covered only model TR413.

"The rubber portion of the valve stem may crack and permit the gradual loss of tire pressure," NHTSA reported. "Continuing to drive on under-inflated tires could damage the tire, possibly resulting in a vehicle crash."

Tech International will replace the valve stems with non-defective valve stems free of charge. Further, if a defective valve stem has caused structural damage to a tire, the tire will be replaced as necessary.

The recall began on May 13, 2008. Those affected may contact Tech International at (740) 967-9015.

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