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Pep Boys Offers Customers Affected By Recent Cooper Tire Recall Assistance Obtaining Free Replacement Tires.

PHILADELPHIA -- The Cooper Tire & Rubber Company has announced a recall of 8,583 tires produced by Cooper Tire for Pep Boys (NYSE:PBY) between August 8 and August 19, 2006. Of these tires, over 3,400 have already been accounted for and removed from Pep Boys' inventory. The affected tires are listed below.
Product Name < < Size < < DOTs




CORNELL 1000 < < P205/55R16 < < 3DT2XH43206

and

3DT2XH43306
CORNELL 1000 < < P215/60R16 < < 3DX8XH43206

and

3DX8XH43306
CORNELL 1000 < < P225/60R16 < < 3DX0XH43206

and

3DX0XH43306
CORNELL 1000 < < P225/70R15 < < 3DUUXH53206

and

3DUUXH53306
CORNELL 1000 < < P205/75R15 < < 3DULXH33206

and

3DULXH33306
CORNELL 1000 < < P225/75R15 < < 3DHHXH33206

and

3DHHXH33306
DEFINITY DAKOTA A/T < < LT285/75R16 < < 3DYUPBB3206

and

3DYUPBB3306
DEFINITY DAKOTA H/T < < P255/65R16 < < 3DC3PA73206

and

3DC3PA73306
DEFINITY DAKOTA H/T < < P235/70R15 < < 3DM1PA73206

and

3DM1PA73306
DEFINITY DAKOTA H/T < < P215/75R15 < < 3DHFPA73206

and

3DHFPA73306
DEFINITY EX600 < < P215/65R15 < < 3DVFPAX3206

and

3DVFPAX3306
DEFINITY EX600 < < P215/60R15 < < 3DMWPA23206

and

3DMWPA23306
DEFINITY EX600 < < P215/60R16 < < 3DX8PA23206

and

3DX8PA23306
FUTURA 2000 RADIAL LTE < < P205/55R16 < < 3DT2XAC3206

and

3DT2XAC3306
FUTURA 2000 RADIAL LTE < < 215/65R16 < < 3D6VXAC3206

and

3D6VXAC3306
FUTURA 2000 RADIAL LTE < < P215/60R15 < < 3DMWXJN3206

and

3DMWXJN3306
FUTURA 2000 RADIAL LTE < < P215/60R16 < < 3DX8XAC3206

and

3DX8XAC3306
FUTURA 2000 RADIAL LTE < < P225/60R16 < < 3DX0XAC3206

and

3DX0XAC3306
FUTURA GLS SUPER SPORT < < P235/55R16 < < 3D18XBF3206

and

3D18XBF3306
FUTURA GLS SUPER SPORT < < P235/60R15 < < 3DVEXBH3206

and

3DVEXBH3306
FUTURA GLS SUPER SPORT < < P255/60R15 < < 3DUTXBH3206

and

3DUTXBH3306
FUTURA GLS SUPER SPORT < < P225/70R15 < < 3DUUXBH3206

and

3DUUXBH3306
FUTURA GLS SUPER SPORT < < P255/70R15 < < 3DM2XBH3206

and

3DM2XBH3306
FUTURA GLS SUPER SPORT < < P295/50R15 < < 3DTJXBJ3206

and

3DTJXBJ3306
FUTURA SCRAMBLER A/P < < P205/75R15 < < 3DULPAM3206

and

3DULPAM3306
FUTURA SCRAMBLER A/P < < P215/75R15 < < 3DHFPAM3206

and

3DHFPAM3306


Customers who purchased one of the named tires in the size indicated above between August 13 and October 27, 2006 should examine the tire's sidewall to identify the DOT number. If the DOT number matches one of those listed above, customers should return the tire to Pep Boys for replacement at no charge. Pep Boys has an adequate supply of replacement tires in its inventory to handle this recall. Pep Boys is in the process of notifying all customers who may have already purchased the affected tires.

Cooper Tire & Rubber Company, who manufactures these tires for Pep Boys, has determined that some of the subject tires may have been produced with non-conforming belt wire coat stock. If placed in service, the subject tires may develop a belt separation due to a reduced ability to prevent corrosion of the steel wires in an instance where moisture reaches the steel belt, which may result in a vehicle crash. The tires are being recalled to ensure customer safety and purchase satisfaction. The recall is only for those specific tires listed above, which were produced between August 8 and August 19, 2006.

Consumers with questions about this recall may call Pep Boys Customer Relations for additional information at 1-800-737-2697, option 3.

About Pep Boys

Pep Boys has 593 stores and over 6,000 service bays in 36 states and Puerto Rico. Along with its vehicle repair and maintenance capabilities, the Company also serves the commercial auto parts delivery market and is one of the leading sellers of replacement tires in the United States. Customers can find the nearest location by calling 1-800-PEP-BOYS or by visiting pepboys.com.
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