- The Washington Times - Friday, August 10, 2007

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A tire importer said yesterday it would recall 255,000 Chinese-made tires it claims are 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., identified in June as 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.

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.

“Consumers should know that the affected tires meet all federal motor-vehicle safety standards. But we went the extra mile by testing them and determining that they did not meet our standards, which are more rigorous,” said Richard Kuskin, president of Foreign Tire Sales.

Hangzhou Zhongce said it fully cooperated with NHTSA and “has not found any evidence that the … tires at issue contain any structural defects or are missing any safety features.”

The recall is among a series of problems involving imports from China. Products including toys, toothpaste, seafood and pet food have been recalled.

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

The recall applies to Westlake, Compass and YKS brand tires in these sizes and models:

• Size LT235/75R-15, models CR861 and CR857, with a DOT number beginning 7DT5FTS.

• Size LT235/85R-16, models CR860, CR861 and CR857, with a DOT number beginning 7DT2FTS.

• Size LT245/75R-16, models CR860, CR861 and CR857, with a DOT number beginning 7DT3FTS.

• Size LT265/75R-16, models CR860, CR861 and CR857, with a DOT number beginning 7DT4FTS.

• Size LT31X10.5 R-15, models CR857 and CR861, with a DOT number beginning 7DT6FTS.

Although Foreign Tire Sales did not make the tires, it is responsible for the recall under U.S. law.

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