A tire importer is recalling 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, according to the importer Foreign Tire Sales.

The small company, based in Union, was ordered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in June to recall as many as 450,000 tires that it bought from Hangzhou Zhongce Rubber Co. since 2002.

Information on the tire recall was to be posted at Foreign Tire Sale’s Web site, http://www.foreigntire.com. Consumers can also call a toll-free number, 888-899-9293.

Source: Associated Press

 



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