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Goodyear Div. Recalls 594,853 Tires

May 5, 1998

AKRON, Ohio (AP) _ More than half a million Kelly-Springfield tires are part of a voluntary recall because of the possibility of loss of air pressure due to sidewall cracks, a company spokesman said Tuesday

There have been no reports of injury as a result of tire failure, spokesman Gerald Hess said. But the potential recall of 594,853 tires was based on concern that sidewall cracks could lead to tire failure. Kelly-Springfield plans to notify customers by June 1.

The Cumberland, Md.-based division of Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. notified the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration of the recall April 14, NHTSA spokesman Phil Frame said.

Hess said owners of tires under the recall can return them to the place of purchase or any dealer selling the same brand for free replacement. The tires were made at the Kelly-Springfield plant in Fayetteville, N.C., between April 1996 and September 1997.

Kelly-Springfield makes tires under its own brand and brands of other companies. The voluntary recall is for tire sizes P205/70R14 and P205/70R15. In the 14-inch size, serial numbers begin with PJ and end with a three-digit number from 136 through 367. The 15-inch serial numbers begin with PJ and end with 226 through 367.

Hess said Brands involved are the Kelly Aqua Tour, Arizonian Limited Edition, Big O Legacy Touring Plus, Concorde Touring 9000, Co-Op Golden Mark, Cordovan Grand Prix Touring LXE, Embassy Diplomat, Jetzon Ultra Quad+, Laramie Premium Touring, Sears Superguard GT, Shell Touring 2000, Sigma Supreme Touring SSR and ST, Summit Touring TLR, Telstar Premium Touring, Ultra Touring GT and Unocal Touring Radial.

The company told the NHTSA that the recall was based on 10 confirmed reports of air loss due to cracking.

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