Hercules recalling 90,000 SUV tires

DETROIT - A Findlay company is recalling about 90,000 SUV tires because the tread can separate, causing a loss of air and increasing the risk of a crash.

The recall covers certain 15- and 16-inch Hercules Tire & Rubber Co. All Trac A/T tires made from June of 2008 to May of 2010.

Hercules says in documents filed with U.S. safety regulators that dealers will replace the tires with a newer version that has a full nylon cap. The recalled tires have a partial nylon cap.

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The recall was to start this month. It was unclear if there have been any crashes or injuries. A message was left Thursday seeking comment from the company.

The recall came after an attorney notified the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that the Hercules tires were similar in design and construction to other tires that had been recalled by distributor ITG Voma. The safety agency then began investigating.

ITG Voma had received complaints of tread separation while the tires were in use and recalled its tires last October. The Hercules tires were manufactured by the same company, Shandong Yongsheng Rubber Group of China.

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