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Yokohama announces commercial tire recall

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Yokohama Tire Corp. is voluntarily recalling a batch of 69 Yokohama brand commercial tires that were made by GTY Tire Co., the company's joint venture with Toyo Tire (U.S.A.) Corp. and Continental Tire North America Inc.

"There have been no reports of tire failures, accidents or injuries due to the defect, which was detected within one week of manufacture," say Yokohama officials.

"The defective tires contain a non-specified compound in the shoulder area of the tire.

"During extended running, the shoulder area of the tire could lift, resulting in degraded ride and handling. Eventually, the tread could separate from the casing, posing a safety risk."

The affected commercial tires will be replaced with standard in-specification production tires at no cost to end-users or dealers through July 31, 2005. Affected tires will be adjusted on a pro-rata basis thereafter.

A total of 142 GTY-produced tires are affected by the recall, including the 69 Yokohama tires. These include steer, drive and trailer tires.

The Mount Vernon, Ill.-based GTY plant can build 920 tires a day at full capacity, according to Modern Tire Dealer research.

More information is available at www.yokohamatire.com/recall or by calling 1-800-722-9888.

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