Products manufactured according to substandard standards may inadvertently cause extensive injury or death to its owner, says Alabama liability attorney Keith T. Belt .
Toyo Tire USA Corp. said it is recalling certain Toyo Extensa A/S tires, size p225/60r16 97t, because of a possible flaw that could lead to tire failure. The company said the recall includes 66,763 tires produced from Sept. 20, 2009, through Nov. 6, 2010 and distributed to retailers in the U.S. Some of these tires may have been made with a kink in the bead area. Under certain conditions including overloading and underinflation, the kink may lead to a crack near the bead. Left unattended the crack could result in sudden tire failure, loss of control and a crash. In a document filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Toyo said it will notify owners and replace the tires free of charge. The recall is expected to begin about Feb. 2. Owners may contact the tire maker at 800-442-8696. The company said the recalled tires were manufactured at its plant in Georgia and carry a “Made in USA” label.
These tires were made during the period from the 38th week of 2009 through the 44th week of 2010, as identified by the last four digits of the Tire Identification Number (TIN), ranging from 3809 to 4410, stamped on the sidewall. If the tire was manufactured before or after this period, or has the “Made in Japan” or “Made in China” mark on the sidewall, they are NOT being recalled.
Toyo Tires is committed to providing tires of only the highest quality. Consumers who have purchased Toyo® Extensa® A/S tires since September 2009, are encouraged to inspect their tires. If a consumer is unable to determine if they have a recalled tire, they should visit an authorized Toyo Tires dealer for a free inspection.
A list of authorized Toyo Tires dealers is available at: http://toyotires.com/tire/pattern/extensa-as-all-season-tires
The following steps have been taken to assist Toyo Tires customers during this campaign:
- Free Replacement: Affected consumers will have their recalled tires replaced at no charge.
- Web site: A dedicated page at http://finance.yahoo.com/news/toyo-tire-u-corp-announces-130000759.html provides information on this safety recall campaign including photos to assist in identifying recalled tires and instructions on how to return recalled tires.
- Toll-free hotline: Consumer Relations staff is available at Toyo Tires to answer questions such as how to identify and replace recalled tires. Consumers should call the hotline at Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp., Consumer Relations Department, 800-442-8696 (6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. PST, 9:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. EST).
- Notification letter: Consumers who have registered the recalled tires with Toyo Tires will receive a letter that includes photos and instructions to assist in identifying and returning the recalled tires. A copy of the consumer notification letter is available on the Toyo Tires website (http://toyotires.com/recall-campaign).
This campaign expires on May 31, 2012.
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