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Hankook voluntarily recalls 7,890 truck tires manufactured in China

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Hankook Tire Co., Ltd. has determined that a quality-related defect exists in certain Aurora brand medium truck tires manufactured from March 1 through Sept. 5, 2006.

As a result, the company is voluntarily recalling 7,890 tires in 12 sizes with the following Department of Transportation (DOT) Code markings (all are labeled with the 0906-3606 week number):

AL04: 11R22.5, 14-ply, DOT Code BJ-3T-MRA.

AL04: 11R24.5, 16-ply, DOT Code BJ-4F-MRA.

AL04: 295/75R22.5, 14-ply, DOT Code BJ-02-MRA.

AL04: 285/75R24.5, 14-ply, DOT Code BJ-04-MRA.

AL04: 255/70R22.5, 16-ply, DOT Code BJ-54-MRA.

AL04: 11R22.5, 16-ply, DOT Code BJ-3T-MRA.

AL03: 11R22.5, 16-ply, DOT Code BJ-3T-MYA.

AL03: 11R24.5, 16-ply, DOT Code BJ-4F-MYA.

AL03: 295/75R22.5, 14-ply, DOT Code BJ-02-MYA.

AL03: 285/75R24.5, 14-ply, DOT Code BJ-04-MYA.

AH06: 225/70R19.5, 12-ply, DOT Code BJ-4Y-R4A.

AH06: 265/70R19.5, 14-ply, DOT Code BJ-5B-R4A.

The tires were manufactured at Hankook's plant in Jiangsu, China.

As a part of its quality assurance program, Hankook conducts periodic internal surveillance tests of finished products. In these periodic internal surveillance tests, all of its products must fully satisfy Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards as well as internally established performance criteria.

In tests recently conducted, the aforementioned tires did satisfy the government standards, but did not fully meet internal endurance criteria. The result of this defect could be premature ending of tire service life under extreme conditions of use or abuse.

Recalled tires will be accepted for replacement without charge until June 30, 2007. Tires presented after June 30, 2007, will be accepted for a partial credit proportionate to the remaining tread depth.

Further information regarding this voluntary recall is available through the Aurora brand Web site at www.auroratireusa.com.

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