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NHTSA corrects Hankook tire safety recall

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), through its Office of Defects Investigation, has corrected its Dec. 22, 2010, recall announcement pertaining to certain size P265/70R17S replacement tires from Hankook Tire America Corp.

(The key corrections are in bold-face type below.)

According to NHTSA, the Dynapro AS RH03 all-season light truck and SUV tires in question experienced "less than expected sidewall performance during internal testing." The potential number of units affected is 17,729.

"The sidewall of the tires can wear prematurely and/or experience a blow-out, increasing the risk of a crash," say NHTSA officials. Hankook will send notices to all owners of record and replace the tires free of charge.

The safety recall is expected to begin in January 2011. Owners may contact Hankook at (855) 275-8899.

For more information for this particular recall, visit 10T021.

Here is a direct link to Hankook's customer letter detailing the production (including the D.O.T. numbers) of the tires in question: www.hankooktireusa.com.

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