Nokian LT tires made by Cooper are under recall

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Nokian Tyres plc has sent out notice that 931 size LT265/75R16 light truck tires made for it by Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. are being recalled.

The tires were made between Dec. 2, 2007, and Feb. 8, 2008. They failed "to conform to the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 139," say National Highway Traffic Safety Administration officials.

"After testing, a bulge can occur in the lower sidewall on the white sidewall side, which indicates the existence of a separation between two lower sidewall components."

Nokian is working with Cooper to notify the tires' owners.

Last week, learned that TBC Corp., American Car Care Centers Inc. (ACCC) and SURE Tire Inc. are notifying customers that some 18,000 light truck tires made for them by Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. are part of a greater voluntary recall by Cooper that is currently taking place.

Cooper is in the process of recalling 48,037 light truck tires as a safety precaution, according to Cooper officials.

"Our inspection and surveillance system detected tires which did not comply with FMVSS No. 139's high speed wheel tests. The tires, on the test wheel, developed a separation between two components in the sidewall on the whitewall side only."

Slightly more than 17,000 size LT265/75R16 tires that Cooper made for TBC under the Wild Country Radial STX Sport and Wild Trac Radial LTR names are part of the bigger recall, says a Cooper spokesperson. (The TBC-owned tires were manufactured between Dec. 2, 2007, and Feb. 2, 2008.)

Approximately 1,018 size LT265/75R16 tires bearing ACCC's American Prospector A/T name are part of the recall. They also were built between Dec. 2, 2007, and Feb. 2, 2008.

Meanwhile, 295 size LT265/75R16 tires bearing SURE Tire's Summit Trail Climber AT name are part of the recall, according to Cooper officials. (These tires were manuafactured between Dec. 9-15, 2007.)

Other tires and sizes under recall by Cooper include the Cooper Discoverer ATR (sizes LT235/85R16 and LT265/75R16); the Dean Wildcat Radial (size LT265/75R16); the Mastercraft Courser A/T 2 (sizes LT235/85R16 and LT265/75R16); and the Mentor All Terrain Radial SXT (size LT265/75R16). These tire were made at Cooper's Albany, Ga., factory during a 10-week period from December 2007 through February 2008.

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