A few years ago, Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. recalled well over 10,000 radial SUV and light truck tires. These tires were sold under the Cooper brand and three others.v
What Tires Were Affected
The tire brands and the sizes affected by the recall:
- 265/70R17 (For Cooper Discoverer, Del-Nat National A/S model Commando, and Del-Nat Delta A/S model Sierradial)
- P265/70R17 (For Cooper Discoverer H/T and Pep Boys model Definity Dakota H/T)
- LT235/85R16 (For Cooper Discoverer H/T and Mastercraft Courser HTR)
- P265/70R17 (For TBC model Sigma Stampede Radial SUV)
The tires in question were manufactured during the weeks of December 11 to 17, 2011 and January 1 to 7, 2012. All of the tires were manufactured at a plant in Texarkana, Arkansas.
Why the Tires Were Recalled
Cooper stated that it received reports from dealers about the treads of these tires. Cooper believes that these tires may have been manufactured with contaminated rubber in the tread compounds that could result in tread separation.
The Effects of Tread Separation
Tread separation happens when the tread of the tire comes away from the body (or casing). It then becomes less durable and can lead to a potentially hazardous condition where a driver may lose control of his or her car and crash.
Tread separations can result from various conditions, including a manufacturing defect, such as an improper alignment of the internal parts of the tire. This can cause the parts of the tire to come apart during normal use.
What to Do If the Manufacturer Is Responsible
If your tire experiences a tread separation, you should contact the manufacturer first to report the problem and discuss how they will handle the replacement. When you call, make sure that you have the following on hand:
- The brand of the tire
- The line of the tire
- The tire size
- The DOT Number (this is on the sidewall of the tire)
It is also recommended that you report the tread separation to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administratio (NHTSA). It is this organization’s job to stay abreast of vehicle and tire safety issues, and they have the power to enforce recalls. They can be contacted through an online complaint form or you can contact the NHTSA by calling (855) 971-1662.
Why Choose The Ammons Law Firm for Your Tire Defect Complaint
If you or someone you love has been injured because of a tire defect, you may be able to file a claim and recover any and all damages you have had to endure.
Our attorneys at The Ammons Law Firm have dedicated them selves to helping consumers of defective tires hold manufacturers accountable and receive compensation for their losses. Based in Texas, we help individuals throughout the entire United States and offer free consultations to everyone.
To discuss your case and to learn more about your legal options, we welcome you to contact a tire defect attorney at The Ammons Law Firm by calling (713) 523-1606.