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Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. is recalling 18 Goodyear Eagle RS-A tires, size P235/55R18 99V, manufactured during the week of Jan. 7, 2008.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), through its Office of Defects Investigation, has determined that the tires fail to conform to the labeling requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 139, "New Pneumatic Radial Tires for Light Vehicles."

More specifically, the tires have the correct full TIN (tire identification number) on one sidewall, but do not contain the correct partial TIN on the other sidewall.

The tires meet all other performance requirements, according to Goodyear. 

"The tires... were incorrectly labeled on their intended outboard sidewall with the words 'Not For Sale' instead of the required Tire Identification Number," said the company.

"The incorrect labeling occurred when the tires were made in molds which had just been used to make developmental tires, but the 'Not For Sale' plate was not removed before making the next run of consumer tires."

The purpose of the NHTSA standard is to establish specific tire dimensions, test requirements and labeling requirements, according to NHTSA. It also defines tire load ratings.

Goodyear is contacting its dealers, company stores and other possible points of sale in an effort to get the tires back. The company says it will replace the tires at no cost with correctly labeled tires.

Owners may contact Goodyear Consumer Relations at (800) 321-2136.

For more information, visit www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/recalls/results.cfm?rcl_id=08T009&searchtype=quicksearch&summary.

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