UNION, N.J. (July 25) — A recall of Chinese-made light truck radials probably will involve about 250,000 tires, rather than the original estimate of 450,000, according to importer Foreign Tire Sales Inc.
The Union, N.J.-based company revised its estimate after the manufacturer, Hangzhou Zhongce Rubber Co. Ltd., told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration it exported about 270,000 tires to the U.S. that had a design that FTS said lack gum strips. FTS and NHTSA claim the tires are more prone than usual to belt and tread separations.
According to Hangzhou Zhongce, only the tires manufactured in the second of three different design phases lacked the gum strips. The tire maker said thicker rubber layers between the belts obviated the need for the gum strips, and that its own analysis proved this.
FTS has now revised its cost estimate for the recall to less than $20 million, according to FTS spokesman, instead of the original estimate of $50 million to $80 million.