UNION, N.J. (Sept. 7) — Richard Kuskin, president of Union-based Foreign Tire Sales Inc., said he doesn't understand the low response so far to the company's recall of light truck tires manufactured by the Chinese firm Hangzhou Zhongce Rubber Co. Ltd.
Four weeks into the recall, FTS has repurchased some 4,000 Hangzhou Zhongce tires from its dealers, which is about as expected, Kuskin said.
But consumers so far have brought in only 282 tires, compared with FTS' estimate that the total population of recalled tires is about 255,000.
"Frankly, I'm confused by this," Kuskin said. "Our video release has been seen by 41 million people, we've had ads in newspapers with total circulation of 5 million, and our Web site has received more than 500,000 hits."
Details of the recall also are on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Web site, he said.
NHTSA ordered the recall June 25 after FTS told the agency that the tires in question lacked gum strips for proper belt adhesion. Hagnzhou Zhongce, however, insists the tires are problem-free.
FTS officially began the recall Aug. 9. So far FTS is managing well under the recall and doing business as usual, according to Kuskin.
·We don't have Hangzhou Zhongce as a supplier any more, but the rest of our suppliers don't mind having our business,Ã¶ he said.