ERJ staff report (TB)
Cypress, California - Toyo Tire USA. Corp. is voluntarily recalling approximately 68,763 Toyo Extensa A/S tyres because of a possible manufacturing problem that could lead to cracks in the bead area and potentially to tyre failure.
The tyres being recalled are size P225/60R16 97T made at Toyo's plant in White, Ga., during a period starting in the 38th week of 2009 and lasting through the 44th week of 2010, Toyo said. The tyres are identified by the Tire Indentification Number (TIN) 3809 to 4410, moulded into tyre's sidewall.
Toyo said it determined that a select number of these tyres were produced with a kink in the bead area. Under certain circumstances, the tyre maker said, the kink eventually could led to a crack in the bead area, which if left undetected could cause the tyre to fail.
The company stressed that Extensas made in Japan or China are not being recalled. Toyo's White plant has the Department of Transportation identification code 73.
Toyo said there has been only one report of air loss and no reports of accidents related to this condition.
Toyo is offering consumers with the identified tyres free replacements. Consumers can check a dedicatedweb page for more information, or call a toll-free hotline, 800-442-8696.
Toyo will notify all consumers directly who registered their tyres.
The firm said the replacement offer is valid through May 31.