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Old 27th June 2007, 22:24   #1
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WASHINGTON/CHICAGO (Reuters) - U.S. transportation officials on Tuesday formally insisted a New Jersey importer recall up to 450,000 Chinese-made light truck tires, dismissing the company's claim it cannot financially withstand that step.

Nicole Nason, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration administrator, also said in an interview the agency is trying to locate tires made by Hangzhou Zhongce Rubber Co. for tests and will ask the manufacturer for information.

"We need to start doing some digging," Nason said of the controversy involving the replacement products.

Although Hangzhou Zhongce disputed the assertion its products were defective, the case broadened an ongoing controversy over Chinese imports in the United States. Recent cases include the widely publicized problem with pet food ingredients as well as recalls of toy trains and toothpaste.

"China has been asleep at the switch when it comes to safety inspections," Sen. Charles Schumer, a New York Democrat, said.

The tire case unfolded under circumstances reminiscent of the massive Firestone recall in 2000/2001 in which deadly rollover crashes were linked to blowouts and tread separations.

According to Foreign Tire Sales Inc. of Union, N.J., it told NHTSA in June that it was concerned about Hangzhou Zhongce tires for sports utilities, vans and pickups in October 2005 as warranty claims increased. In May 2006, it learned of a nonfatal accident caused by belt-separation in New Mexico.

FTS said it stopped buying the tires in June 2006 and investigated further. The importer was served with lawsuits in connection with a fatal rollover crash in Pennsylvania in May 2007 and filed a breach-of-contract lawsuit against Hangzhou Zhongce on May 30.

The tires have an insufficient or missing gum strip -- which prevents belt separation -- FTS told NHTSA. FTS said tires sold under Westlake, Telluride, Compass and YKS names could fail at highway speeds. It also told regulators at least six other U.S. distributors had sold tires of similar construction by the same manufacturer.

Nason said NHTSA told FTS on Monday that it was obligated to recall up to 450,000 tires, a step FTS said would force it into bankruptcy. FTS had asked the agency for help.
Full story here: U.S. says importer must recall Chinese tires - Yahoo! News

This is just to advise all users that if you do come across any tyre brand which you've never heard of before, make sure that it is a reputed brand before purchasing them.

A small mistake like this can be the deciding factor on your life & safety.
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Old 27th June 2007, 22:39   #2
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Looks like its a subtle trade war on China. Last week we heard about Chinese Toys being withdrawn for hig lead content in their paint, chinese mobiles being targetted for high levels of radiation, chinese electronics being targetted for IP Rights theft, and so on and so forth.

Looks like its open season on China.
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why cann't china make quality products
its better than getting bashed up later
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Reason for recalling a product doesn't always have to be due to it being bad.
Politics is also one major reason as much as a bad product.
In this case, what does it looks like for most?

BTW, China doesnt always mean it is a bad product. They're also capable of making some very high quality products for half the labour costs of what it would be elsewhere.

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right no it's food products (pet foods, then human food too). in fact latest news is china itself has ordered closing of certain plants because of industrial contaminations.

there were stories narrated by investigators seeing tea leaves being dried under industrial sulphur fumes, and bird droppings, used to make iced tea.
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Well the backlash has to happen some time or the other, considering what a dominating position they are in & the huge trade deficit too.

And I think it's a problem they created for themselves since there is all kinds of quality of products coming out of the factories in China. And needless to say that a majority of it is the cheap, low-quality stuff. So that's what naturally sticks in the consumers minds.

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Not really surprising, is it? Notice how they were rebranded to seemingly "American" names.
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common, they should be busted for manufacturing inferior products. Bad tires can result in serious accidents.
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Just wondering, does India have some(meaningful) tyre certification/homologation process for all tyres sold here thru official channels ?
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Just wondering, does India have some(meaningful) tyre certification/homologation process for all tyres sold here thru official channels ?
ISI marking on the indian made tyres. but the imported ones you have to just trust the dealers.
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..trust the dealers.

Trust is something thats displayed amongst family members and old friends Definitely not with some unknown dealer who'se only intention is to sell you a set of his tyres.
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First of all, why do we need to buy something as important as tires from unknown manufacturers? I fail to see the point. Take the case of this country. Today we have tires manufactures by a dozen or more well known manufacturers locally and even imported. They cover the entire pricing spectrum, speed range, ride type etc. If after all that someone still goes ahead and decides to put on some shooshaa, hoohaa, locha tires I fail to see why. Its sheer lunacy I would say. Critical parts, components, accessories are not something to experiment with.
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