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Liberty Tire is blamed for extending Kumho recall

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Kumho Tire U.S.A. Inc. is recalling 11,922 Kumho Solus KH25 passenger car tires, size 225/45R17, produced from Aug. 21, 2011, through June 23, 2012.

All the tires associated with this recall relate to Kumho's initial recall for these tires covered by National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recall 12T-020.

"The affected tires were rendered unusable by being punctured with three drill holes through the tread surface and sent to Liberty Tire Recycling LLC for disposal," according to NHTSA's Office of Defects Investigation. Instead, Liberty sold these tires as "used tires" to various tire wholesaler/distributors in Texas, New York, North Carolina and Puerto Rico.

The tires resold by Liberty have three drill hole punctures through the tread surface that if repaired, may not adhere to specific Rubber Manufacturers Association standards for tire repairs, "which could result in rapid air loss while the vehicle is in use, and result in a tire failure that could cause a crash."

Kumho will notify owners, and dealers will replace the affected tires in accordance with the dealer notification letter. The safety recall began on May 6, 2013. Owners may contact Kumho at (909) 428-3358.

For more information for this particular recall, visit 13T004.

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