Washington, DC--Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. is voluntarily recalling 48,949 tyres made between Nov. 21, 2004, and May 14, 2005, because of possible problems with air pressure loss.
The tyres were made at the Hangzhou, China, tire plant,
operated by Hangzhou Zhongce Rubber Co. Ltd., with which Cooper has an offtake agreement. They are Cooper Trendsetter SE, Mastercraft A/S IV, Dean Alpha 365 A/S and Starfire Flite-Line IV tires, sizes P195/70R14 and P185/65R14.
"Our vigilance identified the tyres, and we acted quickly to have them returned," said a company spokeswoman.
According to the NHTSA website, "Certain Cooper Trendsetter SE, Mastercraft A/S IV, Dean Alpha 365 A/S, and Starfire Flite-line IV tires sizes P195/70R14 and P185/65R14 ... can lose air pressure causing the tires to run under-inflated. An under-inflated condition will cause the tire to wear prematurely and will result in early failure.
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