Cooper Tire & Rubber Company is recalling about 288,000 replacement
tires used on passenger cars and light trucks because of concerns about
slow leaks and cracking in the tires. Approximately 183,000 of the
tires, which were manufactured between February 2004 and January 21,
2005, were recalled because of a slow leak that may have been caused by a
contaminant in the upper sidewall.
The models, used on pickups and SUVs, include Cooper Discoverer
S/T, Dean Mud Terrain Radial SXT, Durango Radial XTR, Mastercraft
Courser C/T, Dick Cepek Radial F-C II, Mesa C/T, Pro Comp Xtreme A/T and
Tempra Trailcutter Radial RT. An additional 101,000 tires used on
passenger cars were recalled because of cracking. The tires were made
from November 2004 to July 2005 and include the Dean Alpha 365 A/S,
Mastercraft A/S, Starfire Flite-line IV and Trendsetter SE.
Cooper Tire is also recalling more than 3,000 models of the Cooper
Zeon 2XS and Mastercraft Avenger ZHP because of cracking in the
sidewall. The company will replace the tires for free. Owners are being
warned to avoid driving at high speeds until the tires have been
inspected and replaced.