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WHAT IS NOT COVERED BY THIS
(1)Mileage is not warranted.
(2) Damage due to road hazards, whether repair- able or not (such as cut, snag, bruise, impact
break, bulge, puncture, improper use of tire
chains, stone drill, chip, scale) . These types of
damages or air loss always require tire re-
moval and inspection by a qualified tire
(3) Irregular tread wear or rapid tread wear due to failure to rotate the tires at recommended in-
tervals or from vehicle misalignment.
(4) Damage resulting from improper repair materi- als or procedures such as rope type plugs.
Toyo does not warrant any inspection or repair
process. The repair is entirely the responsibil-
ity of the repairer and should be made in ac-
cordance with procedures as specified by the
Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA) .
(5) Damage from incorrect mounting or dismount- ing of the tire, incorrect wheel size, water or
other material trapped inside the tire during
mounting or failure to balance the tires. (6) Damage or uneven tread wear from incorrect
inflation, overloading, fire, theft, defective me-
chanical conditions such as brakes, shocks,
rims, wreck or collision, misuse,
misapplication, negligence, willful damage or
abuse, vandalism, tire alteration, tire spinning,
racing or competition purposes.
(7) Damage, corrosion or rubber deterioration due to the use of oil-based chemicals, water-
based sealers, balancing substances, or flam-
(8) Uniformity problems such as ride, balance and vibration complaints after the first 25% of
(9) Replacement of four (4) or more tires from the same vehicle will not be accepted for ride dis-
turbance complaints i.e. vibration, out of
round, out of balance, pulling, noise, due to
the unlikely event of multiple tires with unifor-
(10) Claims for weather/ozone cracking after 5 years from the date of manufacture.
(11) Any tire which has been run with low air pres- sure or while flat.
(12) Tires used in commercial service.
(13) Tires on vehicles regularly operated outside the United States.
(14) Claims made by anyone other than the original retail purchaser of the vehicle. (15) Tires with the D.O.T. identification number re-
moved or rendered illegible.
(16) Any tire not presented and available for Toyo’s inspection.
(17) Any tire for which mileage and tire rotation records are not available or verifiable.
(18) Any tires worn beyond the wear bars (less than 2/32nds of an inch of tread remaining) .
(19) Tires not supplied as original equipment on new vehicles (refer to Owner’s Manual for
(20) “T” Type temporary spare tires used at speeds over 50 miles per hour, exhibiting such
(21) Dealer service charges are not covered for routine or required maintenance of the tires
such as alignments, rotation or balancing.
(22) The cost of applicable federal, state and local taxes and fees.
(23) Retreaded passenger and light truck tires are not warranted.
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The consumer is responsible for proper tire care and
maintenance:(1) It is recommended tires be rotated every 3,500 miles or less for high performance (low
profile) tires or every 7,500 miles or less for
standard passenger and light truck tires. More
frequent rotation may be necessary if, upon
inspection, irregular or erratic tread wear is
beginning to appear. As a general rule, front
and rear tire tread depth differential should be
kept to 2/32nds of an inch or less. Keep a
record of the rotation.
(2) The consumer must maintain the recom- mended air pressure in the tires according to
vehicle manufacturer’s recommendation.
Check inflation pressures on all your tires, in-
cluding the spare tire, when tires are cold, at
least once a month before driving. Maintaining
proper inflation pressure is the single most
important thing you can do to ensure optimum
tread life and tire durability. To avoid injury,
NEVER reinflate a tire that has been run se-
(3) The consumer must maintain the vehicle’s alignment in accordance with vehicle manu-
(4) The load capacity of the tires must not be exceeded. (5) The tire’s maximum speed capability must not
(6) Follow the maintenance recommendations and safety warnings contained in the Owner’s
Manual and in the Important Tire Safety Infor-
mation section of this booklet.
TO MAKE A CLAIM UNDER THIS
In the event that you make a claim under the terms of the
warranty, we ask the consumer to:
(1) Present your tires and your vehicle to an au- thorized Toyo dealer. Call consumer relations
at (800) 442- 8696 (Pacific Time) or (888)
444-8696 (Eastern Time) for assistance locat-
ing the nearest Toyo tire dealer or visit our
web site at www.toyo.com for our dealer
(2) Complete and sign the Toyo Limited Warranty Claim form provided by the dealer and leave
the tire with the dealer for warranty
NOTE: Check with your vehicle dealership. They may
also assist you with your tire service requirements or in
obtaining tire warranty service from the tire manufac-
The consumer is entitled to an adjustment in accor-
dance with the warranty that was in effect when the tire
was installed on the vehicle as original equipment. The
adjustment policy provides for replacement with a com-
parable new Toyo tire if a Toyo tire becomes unservice- able due to an adjustable condition verified by Toyo’s
inspection of the tire. Free replacement or a pro rata
charge depends on the remaining usable tread when
tire is presented for adjustment.
LIMITATIONS AND EXCLUSIONS
THIS LIMITED WARRANTY APPLIES ONLY TO
THE 50 UNITED STATES, AND THE DISTRICT OF
COLUMBIA. THIS WARRANTY IS THE ONLY
WRITTEN WARRANTY PROVIDED BY TOYO.
Toyo employee, representative or dealer has the author-
ity to make or imply any representation, promise or
agreement, which in any way varies the terms of this
LIMITATION AND EXCLUSION ON DAMAGES:
TOYO SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY INCIDENTAL
OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES FOR BREACH OF
THIS LIMITED WARRANTY OR ANY IMPLIED WAR-
RANTY, (including, for example loss of time, loss of use
of vehicle, towing charges, road service or inconve-
niences) . Some states do not allow the exclusion or
limitation of incidental or consequential damages, so
the above exclusions may not apply to you.
YOUR RIGHTS UNDER STATE LAW
This limited warranty gives you specific legal rights; and
you may also have other rights, which vary from state to
The warrantor of Toyo Tires is Toyo Tire (U.S.A.)
Corporation, 6261 Katella Ave., Suite 2B, Cypress,
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Contact your authorized Toyo Tire retailer or call
Toyo Tire Consumer Relations at (800) 442-8696
(Pacific Time) or (888) 444-8696 (Eastern Time)
Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 4:45 pm.
IMPORTANT SAFETY AND
Any tire, no matter how well constructed, can fail as a
result of punctures, impact damage, improper inflation
or other conditions resulting from use. Tire failures may
create a risk of property damage or personal injury. To
reduce the risk of tire failure, we strongly recommend
SERIOUS INJURY MAY RESULT FROM:
(1) Tire failure due to underinflation, vehicle over-loading or use in excess of legal speeds – fol-
low Owner’s Manual and tire data placard in
(2) Explosion of tire/rim assembly due to improper mounting – only specially trained persons
should mount tires.
Refer to the tire data placard, the Owner’s Manual
and Important Tire Safety Information and instruc-
tions contained in this booklet.
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This Limited Warranty (WARRANTY) is a promise of
replacement under certain specified conditions. This
policy applies to original equipment tires used in normal
highway service displaying warrantable conditions and
does not require the existence of a manufacturing de-
fect to qualify for an adjustment. This is not a warranty
that your tire will not wear out, fail or become unservice-
able if neglected or mistreated.
1. WARRANTY ELIGIBILITY
This warranty applies to every YOKOHAMA passenger
car, light truck and temporary spare tire bearing the
YOKOHAMA brand name and complete DOT serial
identification number. Eligible tires must be used on the
vehicle on which they were originally equipped in con-
formance with the vehicle manufacturer’s recommenda-
2. WHAT IS WARRANTED
Tires that have become unserviceable for reasons
other than the followingwill be replaced in accor-
dance with this warranty.
Road hazard injuries or damages caused to the tire
by obstacles and debris on the highway such as
cuts, punctures (whether repairable or not) , snags,
bruises, tears or impact breaks.
Improper repairs or repairs that have failed.Under or overinflation, or other abuses.Incorrect mounting of the tire, or tire/wheel imbal-
Mechanical irregularities in the vehicle such as
wheel misalignment, worn or faulty parts.
Accident, corrosion, vandalism, fire or damage
caused by nature.
Tires used on vehicles in racing or special applica-
Non-speed-rated temporary spare tires used over
50 MPH (80 Km/h) .
Tires worn out (2/32 inch (1.6 mm) or less of tread
Tires that have been retreaded.Tires transferred from the vehicle on which they were
If a warrantable condition is found, tires will be replaced
a) Passenger Car and Light Truck Tires (Other
than Temporary Spare Tires)
When a tire becomes unserviceable during the first
25% of original usable tread depth or 12 months from
date of vehicle purchase, whichever is to the customer’s
benefit, it will be replaced with a comparable new
YOKOHAMA tire free of charge. During this period, tires
will be mounted and balanced without charge. Other
service charges such as tire rotation, alignment or ap-
plicable taxes are payable by the customer.
When a tire has worn past the above specified period
for free replacement, the customer must pay for the cost
of a new comparable YOKOHAMA passenger car or
light truck tire on a pro-rated basis. The dealer shall
determine this cost by multiplying the percentage of
usable tread worn by the current retail selling price of
that tire at the time of warranty replacement. The costs
of mounting, balancing and any other service charges or
applicable taxes are payable by the customer.
The tire is covered by this warranty for the life of the
original usable tread (the original tread depth down to
the level of tread wear indicators molded at 2/32 inch or 1.6 mm) or for 48 months from the date of vehicle
purchase, whichever comes first.
b) Temporary Spare Tires
When the original tread of a YOKOHAMA Temporary
Spare tire used in temporary highway service on the
vehicle in which it was originally equipped, is worn not
more than 1/32 inch or 0.8 mm, the tire will be replaced
with a new YOKOHAMA Temporary Spare tire free of
charge, without charge for mounting and balancing the
new tire. Additional service charges are payable by the
Temporary Spare tires worn in excess of 1/32 inch or
0.8 mm but less than 2/32 inch or 1.6 mm, will be
replaced and the customer charged 50% of the current
retail selling price of the tire. The costs of mounting,
balancing and any other service charges are payable by
3. LIMITATIONS AND EXCLUSIONS
All implied warranties, including any warranty of mer-
chantability or fitness for a particular purpose, are ex-
pressly limited to the duration of this written warranty.
All obligations or liabilities for loss of time, inconve-
nience loss of vehicle use or any other incidental or
consequential damages are hereby excluded. Some
states do not allow limitations on how long an implied
warranty lasts, or the exclusion or limitation of incidental
or consequential damages so the above limitations or
exclusions may not apply.
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4. YOKOHAMA’S OBLIGATIONS
Replacements qualifying under the warranty will be
made by an authorized YOKOHAMA retail tire dealer.
Listings for participating dealers may be found in the
yellow pages of your telephone book.
5. CUSTOMER’S OBLIGATIONS
The customer must present the claim tire, together with
the vehicle on which it was used, to an authorized
YOKOHAMA retail tire dealer. Tires replaced on a war-
ranty basis become the property of YOKOHAMA TIRE
The customer is required to pay the adjusted price of
the new tire (dealer’s current retail selling price at the
time of adjustment less credit allowance) and taxes The
customer is responsible for any payments arising out of
dealer services such as mounting, balancing, tire rota-
tion and alignment UNLESS SPECIFICALLY IN-
CLUDED IN THE APPLICABLE WARRANTY.
To obtain the free-replacement warranty, the customer
must present proof of vehicle purchase date either by
the new vehicle invoice or license registration.
For your convenience, your nearest authorized
Nissan Dealership will also assist you with your
tire service requirements or in obtaining tire war-
ranty service from the tire manufacturer.
6. LEGAL RIGHTS
This warranty gives you specific legal rights. You
may also have other rights which may vary from
state to state.
The warrantor of Yokohama tires is Yokohama Tire
Corporation, 601 South Acacia Avenue, Fullerton,
For Customer Assistance:
SERIOUS INJURY MAY RESULT FROM:
●Tire failure due to underinflation, overinflation, or
overloading - follow OWNER’S MANUAL, tire
placard in vehicle or Important Tire Safety Infor-
mation located in this booklet.
● Explosion of the tire/rim assembly due to improper
mounting - only specifically trained persons
should mount tires.
THERE IS DANGER IN INSTALLING A TIRE OF
ONE RIM DIAMETER ON A RIM OF A DIFFER-
ENT RIM DIAMETER.
Always replace a tire on a rim with another tire of
exactly the same rim diameter designation and
suffix letters. For example, a 16 inch tire goes with
a 16 inch rim. Never mount a 16 inch diameter tire
on a 16.5 inch rim.
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This limited warranty applies to Falken brand Original
Equipment Passenger Car, Temporary Spare, and Light
Truck steel belted radial tires bearing the complete
description and serial number required by the Depart-
ment of Transportation (DOT) . This warranty is effective
only to tires for which claims are made within 5 (five)
years of the date of production, based on the tire DOT
WHAT IS COVERED AND FOR HOW
Falken tires that are originally equipped on this vehicle
are warranted against any defects in the materials and
workmanship for the usable life of the original tread. The
limited warranty terminates at the flush appearance of
the tread wear indicators at 1.6mm (2/32 of an inch)
remaining tread depth.
If a tire becomes unserviceable due to such defect
within the first 1.6mm (2/32 of an inch) of tread wear,
the tire will be replaced free of charge with the same or
comparable Falken tire.
B. Prorated Replacement
After the first 1.6mm (2/32 of an inch) of wear, a
prorated adjustment credit will be given based on the
percentage of remaining usable tread depth, down to
the remaining 1.6mm (2/32 of an inch) tread wear bar
indicator. No credit is given if the tire is worn beyond the
flush appearance of the tread wear bar indicator (less
than 1.6mm (2/32 of an inch) tread depth remaining) . C.
Out-of-Round / Out-of-Balance Replacement
Tires that are deemed to be out-of-round or out-of-
balance will be accepted for adjustment during the first
0.8mm (1/32 of an inch) of the original tread depth and
will be replaced free of charge with the same or similar
Falken tires (no labor costs will be covered) . A set of
four (4) tires from the same vehicle will not be accepted
for out-of-round or out-of-balance claims.
WHAT IS NOT COVERED BY THE
A. Tires that becomes unserviceable due to road haz- ard damages (cuts, snags, punctures, bruises, im-
pact breaks, etc.) improper repair technique or ma-
terials, improper inflation, overload, irregular wear,
wheel imbalance, defective mechanical vehicle
components (brakes, suspension, wheels, etc.) im-
proper suspension alignment, accident, fire, chemi-
cal damage, damage from chain use, racing, off-
road use, run flat, improper installation, vandalism, or
B. Tires branded “NA” or a tire in which the DOT numbering has been removed.
C. Tires presented for a warranty claim by someone other than by the original purchaser, or tires that
were transferred to another vehicle from the vehicle
in which the tires were originally installed.
D. Tires having a failure or failures caused by a previous damages or repairs.
E. The cost of tire repair or retreading is not covered by this warranty and will be the sole responsibility of the
tire owner. Possible NON Covered Reasons/Conditions due
●Impact Break or Concussions
●Improper Inflation Pressure
●Mechanical Defects of the Vehicle
●Racing or any Competition
●Sidewall Cut or Damage
●Theft or Vandalism
At least monthly, the vehicle owner(s) should check the
tires’ air pressure with a gauge and inflate to the recom-
mended cold air pressure level listed on the driver’s
door placard. Do not rely on car servicers to perform the
checks. The tires should be rotated at least every
8,000km (5,000 miles) or earlier if uneven wear is
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occurring, and proof of maintenance records should be
kept. The owner(s) should have the tires rebalanced if
vibration is experienced, and the vehicle’s alignment
should be checked if uneven or rapid wear is occurring,
or when suggested by the vehicle’s manufacturer.
All warranty claims must be presented to an authorized
Falken dealer or participating car dealership. The own-
er(s) must present any supporting maintenance records
and documentation necessary to help determine if the
tire(s) in question are deemed covered by the limited
warranty or not.
All implied warranties, including warranties of mer-
chantability and fitness for a particular purpose shall be
limited in duration to the above period. To the extent
permitted by law, Falken Tire Corporation shall not be
responsible for incidental or consequential damages,
such as loss of use of the tire or the vehicle on which it
is used, inconvenience, or commercial loss, some states
do not allow limitations on how long an implied warranty
lasts, or the exclusion or limitation of incidental or con-
sequential damages, so the above limitations or exclu-
sions may not apply to you. This warranty gives you
specific legal rights and you may also have other rights,
which vary from state to state. This is the only express
warranty applicable to Falken brand tires and super-
sedes the terms of any previous warranty. Falken neither
assumes nor authorizes anyone to make or assume for it
any other warranty.
TIRE CARE AND RECOMMENDATIONS
PROPER INFLATION and FUEL ECONOMY*
Ensure maximum performance and a long life from your
tires by checking the air pressures at least once a month
and set them to the vehicle manufacturer’s recom-
mended pressure(s) listed on the vehicle’s tire placard
or in your owner’s manual. Always check and adjust your
air pressure when your tires are cold, preferably first
thing in the morning before driving. Never release air
pressure from tires when they are hot. Wait until the tires
cool down and recheck, adding air or releasing as
required. Falken endorses the use of nitrogen in your
tires because it helps your tires maintain optimal pres-
sure for longer periods of time and reduces the amount
of moisture inside of the tire and wheel assembly.
TIRE INFLATION PRESSURE
Tires need to be properly inflated to effectively operate
and perform as intended. Tires carry the weight of the
vehicle, passengers, and cargo as well as bear the
forces of braking, accelerating, and turning. The vehicle
manufacturer sets the inflation pressures for the original
equipment tires that are on your vehicle.
Driving with improperly inflated tires is dangerous. An
under inflated tire will generate excessive heat build-up
that will cause damage to the internal structure and
inner liner of the tire. Besides tire damage, improper tire
inflation pressures can also affect your vehicle’s ride
and handling, tire tread wear, and fuel economy. It is
recommended to always keep all of your tires, including
the spare, at the vehicle manufacturer’s recommended
inflation pressures and be sure to check the air pressuremonthly and before going on long road trips or carrying
extra weight in your vehicle.
Your vehicle’s tire placard and/or owner’s manual will
list the cold inflation pressure(s) for your vehicle’s origi-
nal equipment tires, including the spare. The placard
can be found on the driver’s side door or door jamb area.
If you have questions about understanding your vehi-
cle’s tire placard, please refer to your owner’s manual or
ask a qualified tire service professional.
●For detailed information on TIRE INFLATION PRES-
SURE please visit www.Falkentire.com
CHECKING YOUR TIRE’S AIR PRESSURE
Checking your air pressure at least once a month is vital
to help your tires perform properly and help you get the
best gas mileage possible. Tires can lose up to 7 kPa
(1 psi) per month under normal conditions and lose up
to 7 kPa (1 psi) per every 9°C (16°F) drop in tempera-
ture. Here are some simple steps on how to check the
air pressures in your tires: 1. Remove the valve stem cap.
2. Place the end of the tire gauge firmly against the tire’s valve stem.
3. Read the current pressure displayed on the gauge that is currently in the tire.
4. Increase pressure at this time (if needed) and re- check with your tire gauge.
5. Replace the valve stem cap.
6. Repeat until all of your tires have been checked and adjusted accordingly.
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* Some plus size applications may require different air pressure(s) than what is listed on your vehicle’s placard or owner’s manual. In this case, please consult your tire dealer or Falken Tire
for proper inflation pressure(s) .
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TIRE PRESSURE MONITORING SYSTEM (TPMS)
A tire pressure-monitoring system (TPMS) is a safety
system found in most vehicles manufactured after
2005. There are pressure sensing transmitters mounted
inside of each tire that sends readings to the central
computer (ECU) in your vehicle. The TPMS system will
alert you when one or more of your tires are underin-
flated by 25% or more by turning on a warning light on
your vehicle’s dashboard or heads up display (HUD)
screen. This means that one or more of your tires may
have a low-pressure condition. Follow the instructions
in your owner’s manual.
ROTATION and WEAR
Falken recommends rotating your tires at least every
8,000km (5,000 miles) and periodically inspecting your
tires to make sure they are free of road hazards (such as
nails, screws, large wood splinters, etc.) that might
penetrate your tires causing them to lose air pressure
and to ensure they are wearing evenly. Common irregu-
lar wear patterns are: misalignment wear, where the tire
shows excessive outer or inner tread wear. Tire side-
walls should also be inspected for cuts, snags, bruises,
and weather cracking. If any of these noted conditions
are present during inspection, we recommend returning
to your servicing tire dealer to be corrected to ensure
long tire life.TIRE REPLACEMENT
Falken recommends replacing your tires when the tread
wears down to the wear bars at 1.6mm (2/32 of an
inch) , which are located across the tread in several
locations around the tire. If only two tires are being
replaced, the two new tires should always be installed
on the rear of the vehicle to aid in preventing your
vehicle from hydroplaning, even if your car is front wheel
drive. It’s always recommended to have your new tires
balanced during installation, and alignment checked if
the previous tires show and irregular wear. Tires that
have been in use for 5 (five) years or more should
continue to be inspected by a qualified tire specialist, at
least annually. It is recommended that any tires 10 (ten)
years old or older from the date of manufacture, includ-
ing spare tires, be replaced with new tires as a precau-
tion even if such tires appear serviceable and even if
they have not reached the legal worn out limit at 1.6mm
(2/32 of an inch) .
In the event that you get a flat tire while driving, it is best
to find a nearby, safe place to stop and install your spare
tire or call a tow truck. The less distance that you drive
on your low or flat tire, the better chances your tire has of
being repairable. Once you are able to get to your local
servicing tire dealer, have them dismount the tire from
the rim and thoroughly inspect the inside of the tire. It is
important to know the difference between a proper tire
repair and an improper one because it can be critical to
you and your vehicle’s safety. An improper repair could
pose a safety threat to you and your family and couldalso affect your tire’s manufacturer warranty. Here are
some tips in determining if your damaged tire can be
properly repaired or not:
●Always have the tire removed from the wheel and
inspected before any repair is performed.
●Tires with less than 1.6mm (2/32 of an inch) of tread
should NOT be repaired.
●Never repair a tire with a puncture larger than 6mm
(1/4 of an inch) .
●Repairs should be limited to the tread area only.
●Repairs cannot overlap one another.
●A plug and patch or plug/patch combo should be
used to effectively repair a tire puncture.
●If anything seems questionable at any time during the
repair process, ask your service advisor for more
details and/or call the tire manufacturer to make sure
the tire’s warranty isn’t being voided.
TIRE MIX USAGE
Never mix tires of different size or con-
struction and/or type on any axle. (Except
for temporary use as a spare tire.) Always
refer to the vehicle’s owner manual for
proper tire fitments.
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TIRE SPEED RATINGS
Falken recommends replacing your tire(s) with the same
speed rating as the original tires equipped on your vehicle.
It is okay to use a lower speed rated tire when using
winter tires. However, speeds should be reduced to
match the tires new “maximum” speed capability.
Any tire that is repaired, damaged, abused, altered from
its original state or retreaded voids the speed rating on
that particular tire and should be considered a non-
speed rated tire.
Falken does not recommend the use of
mixing different speed ratings on a ve-
hicle. This can cause poor handling and
HIGH PERFORMANCE, LOW ASPECT RATIO TIRES
Various new vehicles come equipped with high perfor-
mance and/or low aspect ratio tires from the factory.
These tires generally provide increased vehicle handling
characteristics, but may also have engineering perfor-
mance trade-offs related with their designs. Low aspect
ratio tires have reduced sidewall heights and may be
more vulnerable to damage from road hazards, pot-
holes, and other objects, like curbs. Your vehicle’s
wheels are susceptible to these same dangers as well.
Some vehicles may be originally equipped with high
performance tires that are designed for warmer weather
use reducing traction in colder, winter weather condi-
tions. High performance tires also pose the possibility of wearing more quickly, giving a stiffer ride, and produc-
ing louder noise than standard all-season tires during
operation. Refer to your vehicle owner’s manual, tire
information placard, or qualified tire service professional
for more information about these kinds of tires.
Falken recommends all four tires be replaced when
replacing your original equipment tires and installing
winter tires for the winter months.
Never use just two winter tires. It could
lead to adverse handling, loss of control,
which could cause serious injury or death.
STORING YOUR TIRES
When storing your tires for any extended period of time,
be sure to thoroughly clean your tires with a tire brush,
soap, and water to remove any dirt, salt, and brake dust
from the tires. If you are storing your tires still mounted
on the wheels, use a wheel brush and approved wheel
cleaner to clean your wheels. Then dry the wheels and
tires with a towel and allow them to fully dry. DO NOT
apply any tire dressings while storing your tires. Tire
compounds are made to resist weather cracking and
ozone damage. Place each clean and dry tire in an
airtight plastic bag and seal the bag with tape to help
reduce oil evaporation. Store your tires out of direct
sunlight and somewhere that is well shielded from the
elements, like a climate-controlled room or dry base-
ment. Storing the tires in a garage or shed usually
exposes the tires to a wide range of temperatures as well as precipitation and humidity. Keep the tires away
from sources that emit ozone like electric motors that
use contact brushes, furnaces, sump pumps, etc. Al-
though tires will still age regardless of how they are
stored, these precautions will help slow the aging pro-
cess and reduce the damage to your tires.
Operating your vehicle in excess of the
posted speed limit or the maximum speed
allotted by driving conditions has the po-
tential to be dangerous. Higher driving
speeds create excessive heat buildup in a
tire, leading to a possible tire failure.
WARNING SAFETY WARNING
Spinning a tire to get a stuck vehicle out of
mud, ice, snow, sand, or wet grass can be
potentially dangerous. A spinning tire at a
speedometer reading above 55 km/h
(35 mph) can be capable of disintegrating
a tire with explosive force. In some circum-
stances, a tire may be spinning at twice
the speed displayed on the speedometer.
This can cause serious injury or death to
you, a passenger, or bystander. Never spin
a tire above 55 km/h (35 mph) .
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UNDERSTANDING YOUR TIRES
TIRE SPEED SYMBOLS
Tires that are speed-rated are identified by the following
letter symbols: Q, S, T, U, H, V, W, Y, (Y) , or (ZR) . The
Speed Rating’s Symbol can be found as a part of the tire
size designation (ex: 215/65HR16) or after the load
index immediately following the tire size designation (ex:
215/65R16 97H) . The Speed Rating’s Symbol indi-
cates the maximum speed that a tire can handle when
properly inflated and loaded.
●For detailed information on UNDERSTANDING
YOUR TIRES please visit www.Falkentire.com
DATE OF TIRE MANUFACTURE
The date that a tire was manufactured can be deter-
mined by examining the last 4 digits of the 12 digit DOT
serial code, which is found on at least one sidewall of a
tire. For tires that were produced after the year 2000,
the last 4 digits of the serial code will identify the week
and the year that the tire was manufactured. If the last 4
digits in the DOT serial code were to read “3013” it
would mean that the tire was manufactured the 30th
week of 2013. If you are uncertain, check with a quali-
fied tire service professional to be sure. DOT Symbol and DOT Serial Code
The “DOT” symbol claims that the tire conforms to all
applicable US Department of Transportation motor ve-
hicle safety standards for tires. The identification/serial
number follows the “DOT” symbol. Here is an example
of a DOT serial code:
DOT R8 ER DMNR 30 13
(A) (B) (C) (D) (E) (F)
A. DOT Symbol
B. Manufacturer Plant Code
C. Tire Size Code
D. Tire Manufacturer’s Code
E. Week of Production (01–52)
F. Year of Production (the last two digits of the year)
TIRE SIDEWALL LABELING
●For detailed information on TIRE SIDEWALL LABEL-
ING please visit www.Falkentire.com
MAX LOAD AND INFLATION
The maximum load and inflation pressure is marked on
the tire sidewall in English and metric units.
PLY COMPOSITION AND MATERIALS
The number of plies and their generic composition of
cord materials in the sidewall and tread areas can be
found on at least one sidewall of a tire.
A radial ply tire will have the word “radial” marked on at
least one sidewall. An “R” found in the tire size marking
also refers to the tire being a radial ply tire. UNIFORM TIRE QUALITY GRADING SYSTEM
The Uniform Tire Quality Grading Standards (UTQG)
were created to help you make an informed decision
when purchasing passenger car tires by providing rela-
tive information about a tire’s tread wear, traction, and
temperature characteristics. Here is a breakdown of the
different categories that the UTQG grades:
The tread wear grade is a comparative rating based on
the wear rate of the tire when tested under controlled
conditions on a specified government test course. For
example, a tire graded 150would wear one and a half (1
1/2) times as well on the government course as a tire
graded 100. The relative performance of tires depends
upon the actual conditions of their use, however, and
may depart significantly from the norm due to variations
in driving habits, service practices, and differences in
road characteristics and climate.
The traction grades, from highest to lowest, are AA, A,
B. and CThose grades represent the tire’s ability to
stop on wet pavement as measured under controlled
conditions on specific government test surfaces of as-
phalt and concrete. A tire marked Cmay have poor
traction performance. WARNING:The traction grades
assigned to this tire is based on straight ahead braking
traction tests, and does not include acceleration, cor-
nering, hydroplaning, or peak traction characteristics.
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