The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration and Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp. have issued a safety recall on more than 68,763 of Toyo’s Extensa All-Season tires that were distributed to retailers in the U.S. The manufacturer says some of the tires may have a defect that could lead to tire failure and accidents.
Defect could lead to crashes
Toyo believes there may be a kink in the bead area of the tires. These kinks could cause cracks which, if not discovered, could potentially lead to blowouts, causing the driver to lose control of the vehicle and crash.
The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration announced the recall Wednesday.
Identifying tires subject to recall
The tires subject to the recall were all made at the company’s U.S. plant in Georgia between 2009 and 2010.
Toyo says it will issue letters to affected owners in February. The company also urges customers who bought Toyo tires after September 2009 to inspect them for the following markings:
Model: Toyo Extensa A/S. Size: P225/60R16 97T. Tire identification numbers: 73A6H2N3809 through 73A6H2N4410.
‘Made in the USA’
The recalled tires will also be stamped with the words “Made in the U.S.A.” If customer’s tires are marked “Made in Japan” or “Made in China,” they are not subject to the recall.
Free replacements offered by Toyo
Consumers who have purchased the recalled tires can have them replaced free of charge by authorized dealerships. More information, including photographs to help in identifying the tires, is available at www.toyotires.com/recall-campaign. Or concerned consumers can call the company’s recall hotline at 800-442-8696. Operators will be taking calls from 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. PST.
But hurry. Toyo says the recall campaign ends this year on May 31.