Kumho Recalls Defective Tires: 12,000 Affected

Kumho Recalls Defective Tires: 12,000 Affected

Kumho is recalling nearly 12,000 of its Solus tires that are now being added to a recall campaign from last year.

The original recall related to roughly 1,200 tires that could develop a crack in the sidewall, but the story behind this development is more disturbing. National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) documents say Kumho sent 11,922 tires to Liberty Tire Recycling for disposal after they were punctured with three drill holes through the treat surface.

Rather than disposing of them, Liberty patched the tires and resold them as “used tires” to distributors in Texas, New York, North Carolina and Puerto Rico.

Despite being repaired, NHTSA says the tires might not meet Rubber Manufacturers Association standards for tire repairs and could fail.

Kumho says it will notify owners and that dealers will replace the tires, which are size 225/45R17. Owners with questions can call (909) 428-3358.