Toyo recalls GTY-made tires

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Toyo Tire (U.S.A.) Corp. is recalling a "targeted batch" of 24 medium truck tires produced at the Mount Vernon, Ill., joint venture GTY Tire plant.

The tires were made between Dec. 12 and Dec. 18, 2004.

"The affected tires were built with a non-specified rubber compound in the shoulder area of the tire," say Toyo officials.

"As a result, the overall durability of the tire is reduced. During extended operation, the shoulder area of the tire could lift, resulting in a degraded ride and handling.

"Failure to replace the tires will lead to a tread separation and possible loss of vehicle control that could result in a crash."

Tires involved include:

* size 11R22.5 Toyo M122, Load Range G (DOT number: 3C3T1PE5004);

* size 11R24.5 Toyo M122, Load Range G (DOT number: 3C4F1PE5004);

* size 11R24.5 Toyo M127, Load Range G (DOT number: 3C4F1MD5004).

"All tires involved in this action will be replaced at no charge if received by Toyo on or before Aug. 7, 2005. For affected tires received after this date, the tire credit will be based on remaining unused tread depth."

Earlier this week, Yokohama Tire Corp. announced it is recalling 69 Yokohama brand tires made at the GTY plant.

GTY is a joint venture between Toyo, Yokohama and Continental Tire North America Inc. The facility can produce up tp 920 truck tires a day at top capacity, according to Modern Tire Dealer data.

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