Toyo Issues Voluntary Tyre Recall
Toyo Tire Holdings of Americas Inc. is conducting a voluntary recall – or to use its own words, a ‘customer satisfaction campaign’ – to replace a small number of 18-inch Toyo and Nitto brand tyres the company says “may not have been manufactured to Toyo Tires’ exacting standards’.
Approximately 585 Toyo Proxes 4, Toyo Proxes FZ4 and Nitto NT555 tyres were distributed to retailers across the United States with a belt-edge tape that may not meet the dimensional requirements set forth by Toyo Tires. Testing carried out by the company has determined that the tyres have no safety or performance issues associated with them, and all meet or exceed US government requirements. There have been no reported accidents or injuries linked to the tyres, Toyo adds.
All tyres involved in the recall were manufactured at the Toyo Tires plant in White, Georgia during the 18th week of 2008, and can be identified by the “Made in U.S.A.” stamp and the numbers ‘1808’ at the end of the Department of Transportation serial number on the tyre sidewall. The tyres included in this campaign can be replaced free of charge by an authorised Toyo or Nitto tyre dealer.
The same model tyres manufactured by the Toyo Tires factory in Japan, identified by a “Made in Japan” stamp on the sidewall, are not included in the recall campaign, which runs until February 28, 2009.