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Cooper recalls 288,000 tires, citing leaks

Jan 1, 2006
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Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. said yesterday that it was recalling about 288,000 replacement tires used on passenger cars and light trucks because of concerns about slow leaks and cracking in the tires.

The Findlay, Ohio-based tiremaker said there have been no reported crashes or injuries linked to the recalled tires.

The company will replace the tires for free. Owners are being warned to avoid driving at highway speeds until the tires have been inspected and replaced.

About 183,000 of the tires manufactured between February 2004 and Jan. 21, 2005 were recalled because of a slow leak that may have been caused by a contaminant in the upper sidewall.

The models, used on pickups and sport utility vehicles, include the Cooper Discoverer S/T, Dean Mud Terrain Radial SXT, Durango Radial XTR, Mastercraft Courser C/T, Dick Cepek Radial F-C II, Mesa C/T, Pro Comp Xtreme A/T and Tempra Trailcutter Radial RT.

The company said an additional 101,000 tires used on passenger cars were recalled because of cracking during testing. The tires were made from November 2004 to July 2005 and include the Dean Alpha 365 A/S, Mastercraft A/S, Starfire Flite-line IV and Trendsetter SE.
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