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Del-Nat Tire Corp. has received more publicity in the national media of late than usual, both good and bad.

On March 30, "Memphis Business Journal" writer Cole Epley wrote a feature about the Memphis, Tenn.-based company. The headline said it all: "Del-Nat maintains grip in corporate-dominated sector as cooperative endeavor."

Based on the article, the company is clearly profitable. And growing. Click here to read all about it.

On the other end of the publicity spectrum, the company began recalling a small number of P-metric light truck tires today (April 9). More specifically, Del-Nat is recalling 2,663 Chaparral Radial XT tires, size P235/75R15, produced from September 2008 through December 2009.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Office of Defects Investigation (ODI), these tires fail to conform to the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 139, "New Pneumatic Radial Tires for Light Vehicles. Some of the subject tires experienced blistering or bubbles on the tire's sidewall.

"These tires may experience blistering on their sidewall that, with extended use, could lead to tread chunking with belt edge exposure and possible air loss, thereby increasing the potential risk of a crash."

Del-Nat will notify owners, and dealers will replace the noncompliant tires free of charge. Free mounting and balancing will also be included, as applicable. The recall is expected to begin on April 9, 2012.

Owners may contact Del-Nat's Consumer Relations Department at (901) 775-8125.

For more information on this particular recall, visit NHTSA Campaign ID Number 12T007.

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