BEIJING (March 30, 2011)—A government agency in China has ordered a nationwide tire inspection after a Kumho Tire Co. plant was found to have used excessive amounts of recycled rubber in its tire production.
China's General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine ordered the inspection of all tire manufacturers in the country, not just Kumho.
After a television report of motorists complaining about early tire wear, Kumho admitted using excessive amounts of recycled rubber its factory in Tianjin. The tire maker said it will recall tires made at the facility.
Chinas regulatory agency ordered its Tianjin office to closely monitor the recall. The agency also alerted all Kumho tire users in China to watch out for bulges and cracks in their tires, and report such defects to the agency's local offices.
Aside from Tianjin, Kumho has tire plants in Nanjing and Changshu in east China's Jiangsu province. The three plants, with a combined annual production capacity of 30 million tires, supply a wide range of auto makers operating in China.
Customers include General Motors, Volkswagen, Hyundai and PSA, as well as domestic Chinese brands such as Great Wall Motor Co. and Jianghuai Automobile Co.