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  • NTSB: Recall system for defective tires is "broken"

    10/28/2015 1:54:17 AM PDT · by Libloather · 16 replies
    CBS News ^ | 10/27/15
    WASHINGTON -- Only about 1 in 5 defective tires is being removed from the road through the safety recall process, a federal accident investigations board said Tuesday. The recall system is "broken" because manufacturers are unable to contact most tire owners to warn them, according to a report from the National Transportation Safety Board. **SNIP** The problem is that there is no requirement for most tire dealers to register the tires they sell with the manufacturer, the board said. Most dealers don't take the time to do so, which makes it difficult for manufacturers to determine who owns the tires...
  • U.S. Looks Into Edwards Campaign Donations

    04/23/2003 9:35:02 PM PDT · by Timesink · 82 replies · 416+ views
    The New York Times ^ | April 24, 2003 | Richard A. Oppel, Jr.
    April 24, 2003 U.S. Looks Into Edwards Campaign DonationsBy RICHARD A. OPPEL Jr. ASHINGTON, April 23 - The Justice Department's public integrity section has opened a criminal investigation into donations made to the presidential campaign of Senator John Edwards by employees at a prominent Arkansas law firm, according to lawyers close to the matter. The donations were made by five employees at Turner & Associates, a North Little Rock firm that specializes in bringing lawsuits arising from injuries caused by vehicle defects and rollovers, notably those involving Ford sport utility vehicles and Bridgestone/Firestone tires. The employees, four of whom were...
  • TIA talks highway funding, tire registration at event

    02/12/2015 10:10:29 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies ^ | February 11, 2015 | Miles Moore
    WASHINGTON—Highway funding, tax reform and tire registration were the big issues tire dealers, repair shop owners and association officials discussed with Capitol Hill staffers during the Tire Industry Association’s Federal Lobby Day on Feb. 5. Approximately 55 representatives of the tire retailing and auto repair industries participated in the event, which began with speeches from current and former members of Congress and progressed to one-on-one meetings with key staff persons in the offices of several top Washington lawmakers. With the Highway Trust Fund set to run out of money in May, passage of a multi-year transportation funding bill was the...
  • Can’t beat ‘em at the polls? Slash their tires

    05/25/2014 9:22:40 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 12 replies
    New Mexico ^ | 5-24-14 | Rob Nikolewski
    SANTA FE, N.M. – A former congressional candidate in New Mexico draws high honors when it comes to loopy behavior. Tuesday, Gary Smith in an Albuquerque court pleaded no contest to aggravated stalking. He’s charged with repeatedly slashing the tires of his opponent in the 2012 Republican primary for Congress, Janice Arnold-Jones. Smith was also suspected of slashing the tires of his former campaign manager, Rhead Story. The incidents happened in 2012, with Story reporting that 54 tires on his vehicles were slashed and Arnold-Jones reporting $4,000 in damage from punctured tires in cars belonging to her and her husband,...
  • Feds Launch Investigation of Tires

    05/14/2014 11:48:43 AM PDT · by Paul46360 · 6 replies
    WLSAM ^ | 5-14-14 | Brian Ross
    An ABC News investigation found that a badly-flawed and archaic government recall system has permitted millions of potentially dangerous tires to remain in use, on store shelves for sale or simply unaccounted for.
  • Obama Orders US Flags to Fly at Half-staff in Mandela Tribute

    12/05/2013 9:39:42 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 65 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Thursday, 05 Dec 2013 09:46 PM | (AFP)
    President Barack Obama on Thursday ordered flags to fly at half-staff at the White House and public buildings, with the US in mourning over the death of “close friend” and anti-apartheid hero Nelson Mandela. Obama’s proclamation, which also extended to the White House, US foreign missions, military posts, naval stations and military vessels, was valid through sunset on Monday. …
  • Spare tires may become obsolete

    01/31/2012 10:21:13 AM PST · by MamaDearest · 94 replies · 1+ views ^ | January 30, 2011 | Evan Weborg
    If you're in the market for a new set of wheels, you might be surprised to find out that your spiffy new car may not have spare tire - and instead be equipped with a sealant kit. In 2010 the U.S. Department of Transportation required new vehicles to meet certain fuel efficiency standards. In order to meet the new mandate, some car makers are doing away with traditional spare tires and the corresponding tools to bring the car's overall weight down. Tara Hanley of AAA MountainWest noted, "Our first concern was that motorists were aware of it and that they...
  • Vandals Target Pro-Life Interns’ Vehicle, Slash Their Tires

    06/13/2011 9:40:20 AM PDT · by julieee · 8 replies ^ | June 13, 2011 | Steven Ertelt
    Vandals Target Pro-Life Interns’ Vehicle, Slash Their Tires The pro-life organization is on the receiving end of pro-abortion vandalism again — this time when abortion advocates apparently targeted the vehicle of two young pro-life interns.
  • Abortion Advocates Threaten Pro-Lifers, Slash Tires in Violence

    04/06/2011 10:16:38 AM PDT · by julieee · 5 replies ^ | April 6, 2011 | Steven Ertelt
    Abortion Advocates Threaten Pro-Lifers, Slash Tires in Violence Chicago, IL -- Abortion activists protested a weekend event honoring pro-life advocate Joe Schiedler of the Pro-Life Action League and the protests involved more than just holding signs or chanting, they included violence.
  • Colarado Man Battles $160K Clean Up Effort

    03/29/2011 12:11:45 PM PDT · by GSWarrior · 69 replies
    KJCT8 TV ^ | 3/28/11 | Honora Swanson
    DE BEQUE, Colo. -- A man with thousands of tires on his land may soon have them removed if the county has its way. As of Monday, Mesa County is pushing for a six figure state grant to get rid of the rubber on his De Beque property. Stan Eisenach says he uses the rubber for various projects and he has a right to do what he wants on his property. There are 17,000 tires sitting on the land in De Beque, just feet from I-70 and no other real neighbors around. The man who lives here wants to be...
  • Goodyear's Union City, Tenn., plant to close, eliminating 1,900 jobs

    02/13/2011 1:00:55 PM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 75 replies
    Memphis Commercial Appeal ^ | February 10, 2011 at 10:45 p.m. | By Tom Bailey Jr.
    Goodyear's plant manager placed its bad-news call to City Hall at 7:58 a.m. Thursday: The Union City plant where 1,900 employees make radial tires will close by year's end. "We were just all surprised, I guess," City Clerk Carolyn Moran said, adding most everyone in this border town of 10,200 knows someone who works at the plant four miles north of City Hall. Union City sits at the Kentucky line, 115 miles northeast of Memphis. The area unemployment rate is 9.9 percent. Goodyear's fourth-quarter earnings report, released Thursday, disclosed the Akron, Ohio-based company will take a one-time $160 million charge...
  • Flats! 400 Tires Slashed in Massive Vandalism Caper

    11/23/2010 4:58:31 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 24 replies
    NBC Miami ^ | Tue, Nov 23, 2010 | BRIAN HAMACHER
    Delray Beach residents wake to hundreds of slashed tiresThe Grinch got started early this year in two Delray Beach gated communities, after police say over 400 car tires were slashed overnight Tuesday causing tens of thousands of dollars in damages. The residents of the communities, the Verano at 1805 Palm Cove Blvd. and the Crosswinds at 1850 Homewood Blvd., woke up to find dozens of vehicles vandalized, according to the Sun-Sentinel. Over 200 tires in each community were punctured with a 1-inch-blade knife or boxcutter, police said. Many cars had two tires slashed, while others had just one or three....
  • Demand for vehicles in China, India tightens supplies for tires

    10/16/2010 1:34:11 PM PDT · by MamaDearest · 10 replies ^ | October 16, 2010 | Larry P. Vellequette, Blade Business Writer
    Demand for vehicles in China, India tightens supplies for tires Now is not the time to blow a tire. The worldwide price of rubber is at its highest level in decades as demand from China and India outstrips existing supply, leading tire companies such as Findlay-based Cooper Tire and Rubber Co. to raise their prices. Cooper Tire announced last month that it would pass along a price increase of as much as 6.5 percent, beginning Nov. 1, citing rising raw materials costs. The increase is the second time in five months Cooper has raised its tire prices, passing along a...
  • "Incidents" in France after a "youth" dies evading police

    10/27/2009 3:51:47 AM PDT · by Cindy · 15 replies · 1,086+ views
    (ESISC, October 26, 2009) via JIHAD ^ | Posted by Robert on October 26, 2009 9:27 PM | n/a
    "After his death, at least 50 youths took to the streets and started to break windows at the entrance of Gabelle, an outskirt of the city. The youths also burned garbage, tires, a motorcycle and five vehicles in a shipyard, said the police. When the Police and the fire-fighters arrived on the scène, protesters threw stones and Molotov cocktails against them. Then, the police retaliate by firing tear gas but it was unable to enter into Gabelle." Think about that last sentence for a minute. "France/Civil unrest: clashes erupted in Fréjus after a young man killed himself," from ESISC, October...
  • Tire Trade Tirade

    10/12/2009 12:43:05 PM PDT · by Neil Peart · 4 replies · 615+ views
    Mises Institute ^ | 10-12-09 | Art Carden
    In 2002, President George W. Bush helped make us poorer by signing off on higher steel tariffs. In 2009, President Barack Obama helped make us poorer by signing off on higher tire tariffs. Is this supposed to be change we can believe in? Economic analysis shows that trade creates wealth. The law of comparative advantage demonstrates that when we specialize and trade, we produce more wealth using the same resources. Preventing trade means that we use more resources to produce less wealth.
  • New tariff on China-produced tires expected to put prices into overdrive

    09/18/2009 8:29:21 PM PDT · by Born Conservative · 51 replies · 1,601+ views
    The Times-Tribune (Scranton, PA) ^ | 9/18/2009 | JAMES HAGGERTY
    A new tariff on tires produced in China could shift prices for inexpensive rubber into overdrive. "It changes the market for cheap tires," said Bruce Harrison, an automotive industry analyst at IHS Global Insight, a Boston-area economic forecasting firm. "We're going to see almost immediate price increases at the bottom end of the market." President Barack Obama announced last Friday the U.S. would levy steep tariffs on Chinese-manufactured tires in response to pressure from the United Steelworkers union, which represents workers at U.S. tire plants. The union argued cheap Chinese imports decrease U.S. tire production and create job losses. Retailers...
  • America's Tired Protectionism

    09/14/2009 5:35:42 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies · 421+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | September 14, 2009
    Trade: President Obama has fired the opening salvo in a trade war with China by slapping 35% tariffs on its tires. But besides giving China a kick, this protectionism will harm Americans across the economy.Sec. 421 of the 1974 Trade Act, intended to control surges in imports. But the markets paid attention. Global stock futures tumbled over the weekend. Asian markets dropped sharply Monday, fearing a wave of U.S. protectionism. China called the U.S. move "rampant protectionism" and vowed to investigate dumping charges against U.S. auto parts and chicken, two industries that have made inroads into the China market. The...
  • US tyre duties spark China clash (Obama sides with the Unions again!)

    09/14/2009 4:19:42 AM PDT · by SonOfDarkSkies · 35 replies · 1,008+ views
    Financial Times UK ^ | 9/13/2009 | Geoff Dyer in Shanghai and Tom Braithwaite in Washington
    A full-blown trade row erupted between the US and China after Beijing accused Washington of “rampant protectionism” for imposing heavy duties on imported Chinese tyres and threatened action against imports of US poultry and vehicles. Trade relations between two of the world’s biggest economies deteriorated after Barack Obama, US president, signed an order late on Friday to impose a new duty of 35 per cent on Chinese tyre imports on top of an existing 4 per cent tariff. In his first big test on world trade since taking office in January, Mr Obama sided with America’s trade unions, which have...
  • US tyre duties spark clash

    09/13/2009 3:14:23 PM PDT · by Lou Budvis · 28 replies · 1,259+ views
    Financial Times ^ | September 13, 2009 | Geoff Dyer and Tom Braithwaite
    A full-blown trade row erupted on Sunday night between the US and China after Beijing accused Washington of “rampant protectionism” for imposing heavy duties on imported Chinese tyres and threatened action against imports of US poultry and vehicles. Trade relations between two of the world’s biggest economies deteriorated after Barack Obama, US president, signed an order late on Friday to impose a new duty of 35 per cent on Chinese tyre imports on top of an existing 4 per cent tariff.
  • Obama Slaps tariffs on Chinese tires

    President Barack Obama on Friday slapped punitive tariffs on all car and light truck tires entering the United States from China in a decision that could anger the strategically important Asian powerhouse but placate union supporters important to his health care push at home. Obama had until Sept. 17 -- next week -- to accept, reject or modify a U.S. International Trade Commission ruling that a rising tide of Chinese tires into the U.S. hurts American producers. A powerful union, United Steelworkers, blames the increase for the loss of thousands of American jobs.
  • E.P.A. to Ban Lead Tire Weights

    09/09/2009 7:26:38 AM PDT · by wrrock · 39 replies · 1,815+ views
    cars ^ | 9/9/2009 | cars
    EPA will also pursue a ban on the manufacture and distribution of lead tire weights in response to a 2009 petition from the Ecology Center, the Sierra Club and other NGOs requesting that the agency establish regulations prohibiting the manufacture, processing, and distribution of lead tire weights.
  • New Tire Tabel Would Include Fuel Economy Info

    06/23/2009 10:28:14 AM PDT · by envisio · 20 replies · 393+ views
    The U.S. Department of Transportation has proposed a new replacement tire label that would include, for the first time, information about the tire's impact on fuel economy and carbon dioxide emission reductions. The proposal, which was put forth by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), also would provide customers "with two other key pieces of tire performance information: wet weather traction and tread wear," according to NHTSA officials. All three ratings would be displayed on a removable label attached to the replacement tire at the point of sale. The new ratings also will appear on the federal government's
  • Three-tired car stopped; driver charged with DUI

    03/10/2009 3:39:09 PM PDT · by stainlessbanner · 22 replies · 805+ views
    blogs tampa bay ^ | 10-March-2009
    Largo police stopped a Clearwater man early this morning because they say he was driving a car that had only three tires. A short time later, they arrested him for having a blood-alcohol level nearly twice the level at which the state presumes a person is unable to safely drive. Henry C. Romeu, 27, faces DUI charges. According to police, Romeu was traveling on East Bay Drive just after 2 a.m. without a rear passenger tire, something Largo police Lt. Mike Loux said “isn’t as uncommon as you think.” Romeu displayed uneven balance, had bloodshot eyes and registered 0.200 and...
  • Goodyear bringing new Kevlar-equipped off-road light truck tire to market (Bullet proof tires?)

    02/26/2009 6:41:12 AM PST · by LeoOshkosh · 29 replies · 1,605+ views
    MotorAge ^ | 2/26/2009 | MotorAge
    When it comes to developing a tire that can take on tough terrain, such as exploring trails or crawling rocks, engineers at Goodyear say they “left no stone unturned” when developing the new Wrangler MT/R tire with Kevlar. Due to be available in March, it is the company’s first off-road tire built with DuPont’s Kevlar material for enhanced sidewall puncture resistance. The use of Kevlar, which is reportedly pound-for-pound five times stronger than steel, brings superb sidewall cut- and puncture-resistance to an area of the tire that demands extra toughness when driving off-road, according to Melissa Montisano, Goodyear’s general manager...
  • Goodyear To Slash Nearly 5,000 Jobs (Obama's Fault)

    02/19/2009 8:46:03 AM PST · by an amused spectator · 14 replies · 625+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | February 18, 2009 | wire & staff reports
    Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., the biggest U.S. tire maker, said Wednesday it plans to cut nearly 5,000 jobs this year after a sharp drop in sales led to a loss of $330 million in the fourth quarter. The job cuts equal almost 7 percent of the Akron, Ohio-based company’s work force and follow the elimination of about 4,000 jobs in the second half of last year.
  • Vegetarian radials? Defatted soy eyed as tire filler substitute (Green Tires?)

    01/06/2009 12:25:05 PM PST · by Red Badger · 39 replies · 986+ views ^ | 01-06-2009 | by Jeremy Korzeniewski
    There's more that one way to green a car, and many of the most interesting technological advancements don't involve powering an internal combustion engine. Consider that much of the fabric, plastic and rubber that goes into a car's construction is derived from petroleum, and you see why alternatives are becoming increasingly attractive. Automakers have taken up corn-based plastics and soy-based seat foam, and now the latest greenery comes by way of defatted soy flour. The latter is an organic substance that's being considered as a replacement for the petroleum-based "carbon black" rubber particles that are currently specified in the vast...
  • Any updates on supposed republicans slashing tires of Obama supporters at early voting?

    10/22/2008 4:16:53 PM PDT · by Phantom Lord · 19 replies · 525+ views
    various | 10/22/08 | me
    A few days ago there were reports that 30 cars had their tires slashed at an early voting site in Flordia. Apparently only Obama supporters cars were targeted. Also, at an Obama rally in Fayetteville NC, again 30 cars had their tires slashed. Unfortunately I have been unable to find any updated news on these incidents. Suspects talked to? Suspects caught? Zero follow up after initial reports. Anyone here have any updates? It seems odd that two places seperated by many miles both magically had 30 cars affected.
  • Manufacturers, Retailers to Put the Brakes on Use of Lead Wheel Weights

    09/03/2008 7:24:07 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 86 replies · 334+ views ^ | 09/03/2008 | Staff
    Tire companies, big box stores, and the government are putting the brakes on the use of lead wheel weights. Through EPA's National Lead-Free Wheel Weight Initiative, partners have agreed to phase-in the use of lead-free alternative wheel weights and reduce the amount of lead released into the environment by 2011. "Our partners have pledged to reduce or eliminate their use of lead wheel weights," said Susan Parker Bodine, assistant administrator of EPA's Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response. "Their efforts will remove millions of pounds of lead from the environment and the waste stream." Eliminating lead wheel weights is...
  • Goodyear to close 92 tire stores by year-end

    08/19/2008 9:13:20 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 22 replies · 227+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | August 19, 2008
    Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. said Tuesday that it would close 92 money-losing retail stores with about 500 full-time workers by the end of the year. The move by the biggest U.S. tire maker affects about 11% of Goodyear outlets in North America and will result in charges of about $30 million, half of which will be recorded in the third quarter. The stores, all company owned, had combined annual losses of about $9 million, the Akron, Ohio-based company said. "Taking this action now will allow us to focus our attention on locations with the best long-term potential," said Scott...
  • DFU SONG: Eve of Destruction (all we need is tire inflation)

    08/13/2008 3:20:50 PM PDT · by doug from upland · 2 replies · 50+ views
    DFU News of the Day in Song ^ | 8-13-08 | Lyrics, Doug from Upland
  • Csaba Csere Deflates Barack Obama's Tire Pressure Theory - (vid of Car and Driver technical editor)

    08/10/2008 4:28:30 PM PDT · by FreedomPoster · 23 replies · 112+ views
    Csaba is the Editor-In-Chief for Car & Driver magazine. Many of the "car guys" (and women) here will recognize his name. He pretty well rips up the Obama nonsense.
  • Obama Can Do so Much More to Enusre Energy Independence

    08/07/2008 3:54:30 PM PDT · by Abbeville Conservative · 7 replies · 106+ views
    Vanity | Self
    We know Obama is not the sharpest tool in the shed but why stop at tire inflation as a way to achieve energy independence? He should recommend that all Americans drive with their windows up in the summer and not use their car air conditioning. Think of the better gas mileage we would get if everyone just did this simple thing. Better aerodynamics equals greater efficiency and not using the a/c conserves gas. Combined with inflating your tires properly this would give us even more oil than we would get from expanded drilling!!! The motto could be: Inflate, Perspirate, Dehydrate!!!
  • Does the Dems' energy plan make you recOIL?

    08/07/2008 6:58:39 AM PDT · by opineapple · 12 replies · 103+ views
  • Q: Is over-inflation harmful? Nat'l Traffice Safety says YES, You Are warned!

    08/06/2008 10:57:25 AM PDT · by 1Old Pro · 35 replies · 83+ views
    Q: Is over-inflation harmful? A: Yes. Over-inflation is also dangerous. Over-inflated tires ride on just the center portion of the tire causing a smaller contact area between the tire surface and the road — decreasing your vehicles grip, steering and overall handling. Tires are more likely to be punctured or damaged by a sudden impact with road hazards, which may lead to a sudden “blow-out.” Over-inflation also increases the wear on your tires and suspension components decreasing the life of the tire.
  • Obama Says Tire Pressure Is the Key to Energy Independence

    08/02/2008 7:08:24 AM PDT · by Malone LaVeigh · 102 replies · 394+ views
    The Peoples Cube ^ | 7/30/2008 | Commissar Maksim
    Dashboard Obama, His ego inflates when your tires inflate.
  • Obama’s energy plan: drilling tires ("Making sure your tires are properly inflated"!?!)

    07/30/2008 3:10:48 PM PDT · by GOPGuide · 37 replies · 106+ views ^ | July 30, 2008 | Ed Morrissey
    Want to get an idea why Democrats have no clue on energy policy? Take a listen to Barack Obama explaining how we can get an extra 12 million barrels of oil a day. We can pull it out of thin air — literally: "There are things you can do individually, though, to save energy. Making sure your tires are properly inflated — simple thing. But we could save all the oil that they’re talking about getting off drilling — if everybody was just inflating their tires? And getting regular tune-ups? You’d actually save just as much!" Er, no it couldn’t....
  • Tire Secret Could Prove Catastrophic

    05/10/2008 9:13:09 AM PDT · by Abathar · 53 replies · 244+ views ^ | 05/09/08 | Unknown
    Auto Safety Expert: Check Age Of Tires The tires motorists depend on every day to help get them from here to there might be holding a secret that could prove catastrophic. Not many people think about the age of their tires. Most think mileage ratings are the only determining factor in how long tires will last. Drivers should also consider how old their tires are -- not when they were bought, but when they were made, Call 6's Rafael Sanchez reported. Safety advocate Sean Kane has spent years investigating tire failures. His group, Safety and Research Strategies Inc., documented 140...
  • Toyo to raise tire prices by 60% in U.S.

    02/08/2008 7:39:21 PM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 17 replies · 374+ views
    Japan Today ^ | Saturday, February 9, 2008 at 05:00 EST
    OSAKA — Toyo Tire & Rubber Co said Fiday it will raise the prices of automotive tires for the North American market by up to 60% on March 1 due to rising raw materials and fuel prices. The Osaka-based company will increase the prices of tires for passenger cars, light trucks, larger trucks and buses that are sold through a sales subsidiary in North America.
  • Wisconsin State Democrats Will Not Return Fugitive Hsu Money

    09/25/2007 1:15:27 PM PDT · by HastertFan · 10 replies · 129+ views
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 09/2007 | Dan Bice
    Until he turned himself in Friday on a decade-old warrant, Hsu used his wallet and connections to make friends with Democrats everywhere. Including Wisconsin. While on the lam, Hsu gave $10,000 - the maximum allowed - to the Wisconsin Democratic Party's federal account in October 2004, records show. That's in addition to the already disclosed $2,000 that he gave to Gov. Jim Doyle in July 2005. In addition to Clinton, others who rushed to dump their tainted campaign cash were presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois, U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer of California, comedian Al Franken, a U.S. Senate candidate...
  • 255,000 Chinese-Made Tires Recalled

    08/09/2007 3:45:34 AM PDT · by Flavius · 62 replies · 1,192+ views
    ap ^ | 8/9/07 | Jeffrey Gold,
    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- A tire importer said Thursday it would recall 255,000 Chinese-made tires it claims were defective because they lack a safety feature that prevents tread separation. The recall involves half the number of tires that the importer, Foreign Tire Sales Inc., had identified in June as possibly posing a risk. The models involved are steel-belted radial replacement tires for pickups, vans and sport utility vehicles that consumers bought from early 2004 through mid-2006, Foreign Tire Sales said.
  • Attorney General Issues Warning About Defective Tires

    08/02/2007 3:39:15 PM PDT · by monkeycard · 22 replies · 538+ views
    KTUL ^ | August 02, 2007 | Kevin King
    Tulsa - It's the middle of the summer travel season. And, Oklahoma Attorney General Drew Edmondson is warning consumers to beware of potentially hazardous tires, likely on thousands of trucks, SUVs and vans. The tires were sold in the U.S. by Foreign Tire Sales, Inc. and are missing 'gum strips', which prevent tread separation. The tires were sold under the names "Westlake", "Compass" and "YKS" between 2004 and 2006 and were manufactured in China by Hangzhou Zhongce Rubber Company Ltd. ...
  • Soldiers help remove man-made reef

    07/24/2007 8:08:52 AM PDT · by Mr. Silverback · 39 replies · 1,618+ views
    Army News Service ^ | July 20, 2007 | Lindy Dinklage
    FORT EUSTIS, Va. - Soldiers from the 97th Transportation Company recently returned from an unconventional mission - recovering thousands of tires from off the Florida coast in an effort to dismantle the world's largest man-made reef. The 15 Soldiers spent two and a half months off the Florida coast, conducting training operations for dive teams. They then traveled down coast to Fort Lauderdale, where they began a historic effort in environmental preservation. "In 1972, a number of organizations with good intentions dropped about two million tires in the Atlantic Ocean in an effort to build the world's largest man-made reef,"...
  • Fatal Crash Prompts Distributor to Press for Chinese Tire Recall

    06/26/2007 5:09:39 PM PDT · by Westlander · 18 replies · 669+ views
    PRNewswire-USNewswire ^ | June 25, 2007 | PRNewswire-USNewswire
    A death and injury lawsuit has prompted a U.S. tire importer and distributor to ask the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for help in recalling nearly half a million Chinese-made light truck tires. This is not a definitive list, but consumers should be on the lookout for steel-belted radial light truck tires sold under the names Westlake, Telluride, Compass and YKS in the following sizes: -- LT235/75R-15 -- LT225/75R-16 -- LT235/85R-16 -- LT245/75R-16 -- LT265/75R-16 -- LT3X10.5-15 These tires were sold by the following distributors: -- Tireco, Compton, California -- Strategic Import Supply, Wayzata, Minnesota -- Omni United USA, Inc.,...
  • Accident Raises Safety Concerns On Chinese Tires

    06/26/2007 10:52:03 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 37 replies · 1,962+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | June 26, 2007 | Timothy Aeppel
    A fatal auto accident in Pennsylvania has stirred concerns about another potentially hazardous Chinese product in wide use in the U.S.: tires. About 450,000 Chinese-made tires sold in the U.S. -- and possibly many more -- may lack an important safety feature, according to federal regulators and the U.S. distributor that helped design them. But the task of identifying who bought the defective tires and getting them off the road has been complicated by litigation and holes in the nation's product-recall system. The tire defect comes in the wake of several other high-profile safety problems involving Chinese products, including the...
  • Importer Told to Recall Chinese Tires(More Chicom Junk!)

    06/25/2007 6:10:13 PM PDT · by kellynla · 36 replies · 2,127+ views ^ | Jun 25 , 2007 | JEFFREY GOLD
    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Federal safety officials have ordered a tiny tire importer to recall as many as 450,000 tires that it bought from a Chinese manufacturer and sold to U.S. distributors. Foreign Tire Sales Inc., of Union, said an unknown number of the light truck radials it imported since 2002 from Hangzhou Zhongce Rubber Co., of Hangzhou, China, could suffer tread separation, a problem that led to the nation's largest tire recall in 2000. FTS said an unknown number of the tires it sold were made without a safety feature, called a gum strip, which helps bind the belts...
  • Chinese Tires Blamed for Fatal Van Accident

    06/25/2007 3:50:23 PM PDT · by ears_to_hear · 50 replies · 2,096+ views
    consumer affairs ^ | 6/25/07 | Million Similar Tires Sold in U.S.
    First it was pet food, then toothpaste, then toy trains. Now it's tires. A lawsuit blames cheap Chinese tires for a fatal traffic accident in Pennsylvania. The suit says tread separation caused a cargo van carrying four passengers to crash, killing two passengers and injuring the other two. The light truck tires were sold under the names Westlake, Telluride, Compass and YKS... The case is reminiscent of the huge Firestone tire recall of 2000, when faulty tires were blamed for a series of accidents and rollovers, many involving the Ford Explorer. "This is a prime example of a private lawsuit...
  • Congressman calls for Goodyear, union to work out a deal for Humvee tires

    12/13/2006 7:37:07 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 8 replies · 572+ views
    Associated Press (excerpt) ^ | December 13, 2006
    Excerpt - TOPEKA, Kan. The chairman of the House Armed Services Committee is calling for a deal to get striking workers at Goodyear's Topeka plant back on the job. The plant makes tires for Humvees, the military's workhorse vehicle in Iraq and Afghanistan. About 12-thousand Goodyear workers in the United States and Canada have been on strike since October, including those at the Topeka plant. Congressman Duncan Hunter of California says production is down about 35 percent, creating a shortage of tires for Humvees. ~ snip ~
  • Uncorking the big tire bottleneck

    11/17/2006 11:32:37 AM PST · by em2vn · 26 replies · 814+ views
    CBSmarketwatch ^ | 11-17-2006 | shawn langlois
    SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) - For those digging and hauling their way through the commodity boom, "naked" and "barefoot" are anything but sexy. The terms refer to monster trucks without tires - a painful sight to companies scrambling to keep pace with soaring demand in the energy, mining and construction industries. For small-time miners, trucks idled on bare axles are losing money by the minute, forcing them to curtail operations during an historic surge in metals prices worldwide. Meanwhile, the tires themselves have become red-hot commodities, fetching tens of thousands of dollars apiece -- even for retreads, in some cases -...
  • Artificial reef made of tires becomes ecological disaster

    09/21/2006 7:04:07 AM PDT · by wjersey · 48 replies · 2,486+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | 9/21/2006 | TRENTON DANIEL
    A plan in the early 1970s to create a massive artificial reef off Fort Lauderdale has turned into an environmental mess with the U.S. Navy, Broward County and others trying to figure out how to remove about two million tires covering 36 acres of ocean floor. What was intended to lure game fish now is damaging sensitive coral reefs and littering Broward's tourist-populated shoreline. ''They thought it would be a good fish habitat. It turned out to be a bad idea,'' said William Nuckols, project coordinator and military liaison for Coastal America, a federal group involved in the cleanup. ``It's...
  • China's Prices Undercut U.S. Tire Makers, Causing Plant Closings

    08/09/2006 8:54:06 AM PDT · by Incorrigible · 345 replies · 4,059+ views
    Newhouse News ^ | 8/8/2006 | Thomas W. Gerdel
    Derrick Yannayon, assistant lab manager at Standards Testing Laboratories, sets up a tire for the bead unseat test. The lab, headquartered in Massillon, Ohio, tests tires to see if they meet federal standards. (Photo by Gus Chan)   China's Prices Undercut U.S. Tire Makers, Causing Plant Closings BY THOMAS W. GERDEL [Massillon, OH] -- Rapidly rising imports of tires, especially from China, are increasing pressure on American tire makers to close more plants and cut domestic production. Passenger-tire imports, which have been steadily increasing every year this decade, topped the 100 million mark in 2005, with Chinese imports up...