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How to identify counterfeit Pegasus Advanta SUV Tires

Pegasus: Advanta SUV Tires

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Edited: Mar 12, 2017

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A report by Consumer Report's Eric Evarts has identified that the $95 Pegasus Advanta 265/70R17 SUV tires tested by Consumer Reports are unauthorized copies of the authentic Pegasus Advanta tire. The tires may be from tire molds that may have been stolen.

American Pacific Industries ("API") in Scottsdale AZ, owner of the Pegasus brand in the United States, stated the tire information number provided by Consumer Reports identifying the tested tires plant and date of production did not identify legitimate Pegasus tires.

API claimed it doesn't know who made the counterfeit tires, or what types of materials or processes went into making that batch of tires. API told Consumer Reports that "The Pegasus Advanta SUV tires you tested were not produced by any authorized vendor to American Pacific Industries; who owns the trademark "Pegasus Advanta SUV" and the hardware used to produce those tires." Littrell's letter to Consumer Reports also stated that the factory was destroyed after API's contract ended.

The tire codes on Consumer Report's tested tires, 3E 3512, 3612, and 5012 indicate that the tires were built at the Yellow Sea tire factory in Qingdao, Shandong, China, in August and December 2012. API's Bill Littrell stated that API made no such manufacturing run.

Meanwhile, API has ceased using the "Pegasus" name and has begun marketing the tires under the "Advanta" brand name instead. However, authentic tires still bear the "Pegasus Advanta SUV" sidewall branding.

Consumer Reports bought all 10 of the tested Pegasus Advanta SUV tires online at -- an online retail tire outlet that specializes in low-priced tires.

To identify when and where your tires were made, refer to the last four digits of the tire information number on your tire's sidewall.

Tires the with a manufacturer code of "3E" AND the final digits of "12" or higher as shown in the pictures below indicate they were tires that API did not produce. If in doubt, consult a professional or contact API.

Consumer Reports recommends that if you believe you have counterfeit tires, share your concerns with your retailer and file a complaint with the IPR Center. Be aware that as part of any criminal investigation through the IPR center, counterfeit tires could be seized as evidence.


Fakes Reported By Our Users:

Our users have not reported any counterfeit products

Warnings / Hazards:

When it comes to your safety, don't skimp on tires. A defective tire can be dangerous and even deadly to you and others on the road.

The materials or processes that went into making counterfeit tires are unknown and will affect tire performance, reliability, and safety of the tire.

Performance of the tested counterfeit tire in winter conditions, specifically snow traction and ice braking, was poor says Consumer Reports.

Counterfeit tires do not have a warranty.

Recommended Action:

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) investigates counterfeit tires that have a potential safety defect and do not meet federal safety standards.

NHTSA advises consumers to use caution when purchasing auto parts on the Internet that are shipped from other countries or sold at very low prices. Anyone with information about a potential safety issue involving any tire should report it to NHTSA.

NHTSA rules establish that in the case of foreign-made cars and car parts, the importer is responsible for notifying customers and providing a remedy for consumers in case of a product defect.

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Contact the Company:

American Pacific Industries

21803 N. Scottsdale Rd. Suite 220

Scottsdale, AZ 85255

United States

(800) 944-8414


Product Information:

Model Name:
Advanta SUV Tires 

Model Number:
Advanta SUV P265/70 R17 
How to Identify a Fake Product :
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A Consumer Reports test of Pegasus Advanta branded SUV tires revealed they had unauthorized copies.

Counterfeit tires pose a significant consumer risk as materials and processes that are used to make the tires are unknown. (photo: Consumer Reports)

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The label on this Authentic Pegasus Advanta SUV tire identifies it only as an Advanta "All Steel Radial" but the authentic tire still carries the full "Pegasus Advanta SUV" name molded on the tire sidewall.

If in doubt, contact API.

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The label on this counterfeit P265/70R17 Pegasus Advanta tire incorrectly identifies it as a "SUA" tire, not "SUV."

Buy your tires from authorized retailers and if in doubt, contact the manufacturer.

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This counterfeit Pegasus Advanta SUV 265/70R17 tire would easily deceive consumers.

The counterfeit tires tested by Consumer Reports performed very poorly, and the materials and construction process is unknown.

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To identify the manufacturing date on a Pegasus Advanta SUV 265/70 R17 - locate the DOT Date of Manufacture code on the tire.

Here, the manufacturer code is "PP" and the date code is "2613" -- the 26th week of 2013.

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This counterfeit Advanta SUV 265/70 R17 has a DOT manufacturer code "3E" and a manufacture date of "3512" -- the 35th week of 2012.

If the tire has the "3E" manufacture code AND a date ending 12 or higher, it is counterfeit.

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Counterfeiters don't care about your safety or damaging the manufacturers brand. The materials and processes used in counterfeit tires are unknown.

Is your life worth risking a counterfeit tire? Buy from authorized retailers


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