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As a global competitor with a primary focus in the replacement tire industry, Cooper Tire & Rubber Company, together with its affiliates, subsidiaries and joint ventures, has manufacturing facilities on three continents, sales and distribution networks around the world, and products that meet and exceed the demands of the world’s most dynamic markets.
Cooper Tires has maintained a competitive position among tire manufacturers in this country. It stands now as one of only two U.S.-owned tire manufacturers. Cooper is the fourth largest tire manufacturer in North America and the 11th largest in the world, shipping tires to more than 155 countries and employing nearly 13,000 people worldwide.
Today’s Cooper Tires is a smart, innovative company capable of connecting in consumer and specialty markets around the world. Cooper provides a full line of tires to meet the needs of virtually all consumers from everyday motorists to the most demanding high-performance, off-road and motorsport enthusiasts.
When you’re heading out on a road trip, you want Cooper Tires to come with you. Designed for dependability and durability, when you choose Cooper Tires you can be sure that you’re getting a great value tire that will also provide excellent handling, comfort and outstanding performance in any situation you might find yourself in.
Cooper Tires is proud to continue to manufacture their tires in America as one of only two major manufacturers based in the United States, and their research and development teams are constantly striving to provide drivers with excellent tires. Cooper is a popular choice for high performance tires, which is a natural fit considering their close ties to a number of motorsports teams and events. Drivers can trust that their experience and success on the track is going to have a positive impact on the tires they create.
Cooper also offers a 45-Day Road Test Warranty, so that if you aren’t completely happy with your tires, you can return them for a free replacement. Your closest Tirecraft technician can help you choose the perfect set of Cooper Tires for your family.
Tire Service Life
Cooper recommends that all tires, including full-size spares, that are 10 or more years from their date of manufacture, be replaced with new tires.
Tire service life is not determined by chronological age. The useful life of a tire is a function of service and storage conditions. For each individual tire, this service life is determined by many elements such as temperature, storage conditions, and conditions of use (e.g., load, speed, inflation pressure, impacts and road hazard damage) to which a tire is subjected throughout its life. Since service and storage conditions vary widely, accurately predicting the service life of any specific tire based on calendar age is not possible.
Cooper Tire is not aware of scientific or technical data that establishes or identifies a specific minimum or maximum service life for passenger and light truck tires. However, Cooper recognizes a consumer benefit from a more uniform, global industry-wide approach to the tire service life issue. Accordingly, Cooper recommends that all tires, including full-size spares, that are 10 or more years from their date of manufacture, be replaced with new tires. Tires 10 or more years old should be replaced even if the tires appear to be undamaged and have not reached their tread wear limits. Most tires will need replacement before 10 years due to service conditions. This may be necessary even if the tire has not yet reached its tread wear limits.
Under no circumstances should a “maximum” service life recommendation for a tire be considered as an “expected” service life. Tires must be removed from service for several reasons, including tread worn down to minimum depth, signs of damage (cuts, cracks, bulges, impact damage, vibration, etc.) or signs of abuse (underinflation, overloading, improper repair, etc.).
In some cases a vehicle manufacturer may make a recommendation for tire replacement earlier than 10 years for their products based upon their understanding of the specific vehicle characteristics and application. If so, the consumer should follow those vehicle manufacturer’s specific recommendations for their vehicle.
For additional information, see Cooper Service Bulletin # 112 “Service Life for Passenger Car, Light Truck and Full-size Spare Tires”.
If you have any questions, please contact your local tire dealeror call Cooper Tire at 1-800-854-6288.