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Add two more private brand tire lines to the list of recalled size 245/70R17 SUV tires manufactured by Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. late last year. That brings the total of recalled tires to 7,769.

The related series of recalls started in February when Cooper announced it was recalling two of its own lines (see "Cooper will recall two Discoverer lines"). Hercules Tire & Rubber Co. followed suit last week (see "Hercules begins recall of certain SUV tires").

Pep Boys-Manny, Moe & Jack is recalling "certain Definity Dakota H/T tires" due to a defect that may lead to tread chunking or cracking in the tread shoulder area. The tires in question were produced between Nov. 15 and Nov. 28, 2009. (For more information on this particular recall, please go to 10T005.)

TBC Corp. is recalling "certain Cyclone Radial SUV tires" produced between Nov. 15 and Dec. 19, 2009, for the same reason as Pep Boys, Hercules and Cooper. (For more information on this particular recall, please go to 10T006.)

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

Both Pep Boys and TBC have notified NHTSA, and say they will notify owners and replace the tires free of charge. The safety recalls are expected to begin on or about March 15, 2010.

For additional information, owners may contact either Cooper Tire's Customer Relations department toll-free at (800) 854-6288, or Pep Boys at (800) PEP BOYS (800-737-2697), or TBC at (800) 739-7698.

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