Kumho Tire U.S.A., Inc. (Kumho) and Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. (Cooper Tire) have both recently issued recalls for defective tires. Kumho tires have been recalled recently for tire tread separation, and Cooper Tire recalled tires for a similar problem: tire belt separation. Both are tire defects that can lead to serious car accidents.
Kumho Tire Tread Separation Recall
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Kumho issued a recall for tires due to tread separation on May 17, 2018. A total of 1,773 Kumho tires have been recalled.
This is specific to one tire, the Solus KH16: size P225/65R17 — specifically tires manufactured between the dates of March 26 and April 1, 2017. The Kumho tires produced between the listed dates may lead to tread separation when driving in severe conditions. Drivers may also lose control of their vehicles.
Cooper Tire Belt Recall
Cooper Tire recently issued a recall on over 41,000 tires. While this is not technically a recall for tire tread separation, it is for a similar problem: tire belt separation. Both are potentially dangerous and can lead to car accidents.
The recalled was issued on December 14, 2017. The tires contain an incorrect rubber compound. The tires were produced between February 5 and February 11, 2017.
The following tires are included in this recall:
- Cooper Cobra Radial G/T tires: sizes P215/70R14, P225/70R14, and P225/70R15
- Cornell 1000 tires: size P235/75R15
- El Dorado Golden Fury GFT tires: size P205/75R15
- Futura GLS Super Sport tires: size P225/70R14
- Mastercraft Avenger G/T tires: size P225/70R14
- Mastercraft MC-440 tires: sizes 185/60R15, 205/55R16, 215/60R16, and 225/60R17
- Starfire RS-C 2.0 tires: sizes 215/60R16 and 205/55R16
- Starfire SF-340: sizes P215/65R16, P185/60R15, P215/60R16, and P225/60R16
- Cooper Trendsetter SE tires: sizes P205/75R15 and P235/75R15
- Mastercraft A/S IV tires: sizes P205/75R15 and P235/75R15
- Vanderbilt Turbo-Tech G/T tires: size P225/70R14
Check If You Have a Recalled Tire
Both Cooper and Kumho are expected to notify vehicle owners who might be included in the recall. The replacement costs are free and could prevent a severe car accident from occurring. You should not, however, wait and see if you are included in the recall.
It is important to check your tires to see if your tires are included in either of these recalls. If you are unsure how to check your tires, you can consult with the dealer where you initially purchased them. You can also check your tire purchase records. Your records should have detailed information about the brand and size of tires you purchased.
NHTSA Tire Recall Tool
You can also use NHTSA’s tire recall search tool to check if your tires are included in the Cooper Tire or Kumho recalls (or for any other recalls on your tires). You can insert the brand name and size of your tire. In addition, you can search for defective car seats as well as search to see if there are any recalls on the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) of your car.
What To Do If You Have A Recalled Tire
If you find that you have tires included in the recall, you should schedule a replacement as soon as possible. If possible, avoid driving the vehicle until you have the tires replaced. Driving with the recalled tires could be very dangerous. Both of these tire recall replacements should be free of charge.
You can call the Cooper Tire customer service for any additional questions at 1-800-854-6288. You can request more information about the Kumho tire recall by contacting Kumho customer service at 1-800-445-8646.
You can also contact NHTSA if you have additional questions about which tires have been recalled recently for tire tread separation, or the risks of tire tread separation. NHTSA can be reached at 888-327-4263.
What To Do If You Are In a Car Accident With a Recalled Tire
It is possible that you have already experienced the dangers of one of the tire recalls. If you were involved in a car accident with the included recalled tires equipped at the time of the accident, you may be eligible for compensation. It is important that we evaluate the specific details of your case.
Talk With a Defective Tire Lawyer To Discuss Your Legal Options
Establishing proof that the recalled tires were the cause of the accident can be difficult, and a legal team that is familiar with recalls can help. We can assist you in collecting the necessary documentation, collecting evidence, and fighting for the compensation that you are eligible for. We are experienced and successful defective tire lawers. Call Chalik & Chalik Injury Lawyers today at 855-529-0269.