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Cooper-made Nokian tires fall under recall

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Nokian Tyres plc has notified the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) about a non-compliance in certain Nokian Vatiiva H/T tires (size 245/70R17) that were built Nov. 29-Dec. 12, 2009.

The tires, which were produced for Nokian by Cooper Tire & Rubber Co., fail to conform to requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 139, according to NHTSA.

"At various mileages, the subject tires may develop and exhibit tread chunking or cracking in the tread shoulder area. Tread chunks may separate from the tire casing, resulting in body damage to the vehicle or the driver may lose control, resulting in a crash."

Nokian will notify tire owners and replace the tires free of charge. Owners may contact Cooper at (800) 854-6288 or Nokian at (800) 565-2525. Nokian's recall campaign number is 110.


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