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Update: Cooper Tires Recalled for Sidewall Separation Defect, Crash Risk
Cooper Tire is recalling certain Discoverer, Evolution, Courser, Deegan, Adventurer, Hercules, Back Country, Multi-Mile Wild Country, and Big O brand tires which may develop a bulge or separation in the sidewall. “A sidewall separation may cause the tire to rapidly deflate, increasing the risk of a crash,” NHTSA said. Cooper Tire is notifying owners and dealers will replace the affected tires, free of charge. This recall began on March 25, 2021.
What’s the Problem?
Cooper Tires affected by the recall include:
- Cooper Evolution Tour
- Mastercraft SRT Touring
- Hercules Roadtour 455 Sport
- Starfire Solarus AS
- Mastercraft Stratus AS tires
All recalled tires are size 225/50R17 and feature the DOT date code 3019, NHTSA said.
The affected tires were manufactured with an improper sidewall component, which may cause tire deflation and tread separation, increasing the risk of a crash.
If you purchased any of the recalled tires, you should contact your dealer for free replacement tires. Cooper Tires is notifying all registered owners by mail.
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Cooper Tires Grand Touring Recall
Cooper is recalling CS5 Grand Touring 225/55R17 and Mastercraft LSR Grand Touring 225/55R17 tires with DOT codes 2920 through 3220. The recalled tires may have low tread gauge in the shoulder slot area which could cause tread separation and tire failure, according to the NHTSA. A sidewall failure may cause the tire to rapidly deflate, increasing the risk of a crash. This recall began on September 23, 2020.
Cooper Tire Blamed for Fatal Accident That Killed Five
A recent lawsuit was filed against Cooper Tire over an accident in which 5 Texans lost their lives. According to the lawsuit, a 2003 GMC Envoy loaded with 11 passengers was driving on the highway when the vehicle’s right rear tire suffered a tread separation that caused it to blow out. The vehicle rolled over and struck a road sign.
All 11 passengers were injured in the accident and 5 of the passengers — all children — were killed. The lawsuit alleges that the Cooper tire’s design itself was defective and that there were alternative tire designs that would have been both “technologically and environmentally” practical for the company to manufacture.
Cooper argued that the tire was safe when it left the warehouse and sold to the driver, and that the driver “materially altered” the condition of the tire which led to the tread separation and accident.
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Do I Have a Cooper Tire Lawsuit?
The Product Liability Litigation Group at Schmidt & Clark, LLP law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Cooper Tires Lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new injury and death cases in all 50 states.
If you or a loved one has been injured by recalled tires, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.