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Nitto recalls 'certain' 20-inch Dune Grappler tires

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Nitto Tire U.S.A. Inc. is recalling "certain Nitto Dune Grappler Desert Terrain (S116) tires" because a crack may develop in the upper sidewall area of the tire at various mileages.

The tires in question are size 265/50R20 111T. The potential number of units affected is 1,140.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), these tires fail to comply with the endurance test requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 139, "New Pneumatic Radial Tires for Light Vehicles."

"Under certain circumstances, a crack may lead to sudden loss of air, potentially causing a crash, injury or death," says NHTSA.

Nitto will notify owners and replace, mount and balance the tires free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin on or about April 19, 2010.

Owners may contact Nitto toll-free at (888) 529-8200 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pacific time.

For more information on the recall, click NHTSA Campaign ID Number 10T012.

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