According to a recent wa.gov press release, Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna today is officially urging state residents to check the tires on their pickup trucks, SUVs, and vans in case they are the kind currently being recalled.
As of right now, Attorney Generals in a total of 24 states nationwide have issued alerts and warnings regarding recalled tires, 270,000 in all, that were brought into the United States from China. These tires my be potentially dangerous to drivers and should be changed immediately.
The possibly unsafe tires were imported from China by Foreign Tire Sales of New Jersey. They were made in China between 2004 and 2006 by Hangzhou Rubber Company Ltd. The tires themselves were sod under the brand names Westlake, Compass, and YKS. The specific tires were also not designed for cars, but for SUVs, lighter trucks, and vans.
Washington’s Attorney General Rob McKenna says that he believes that 1,640 of these faulty and possibly dangerous tires were sold to consumers in Eastern Washington.
Attorney General McKenna said, “We believe that some of these potentially dangerous tires were sold in Eastern Washington and encourage all Washington drivers to check their vehicles…If you have any of these tires, immediately contact the dealer where you made your purchase and have them thoroughly inspected. Don’t drive long distances and be careful not to overload your vehicle.”
Foreign Tire Sales of New Jersey filed a “Defect and Non-compliance Report” with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on back July 2, 2007. The report stated that the company believes that the tires do not meet the minimum safety specifications provided to the tire makers. The tires affected by this recall lack “gum strips,” which are an important part of the tire that prevent the threads from separating. If tire treads were to separate, it could create a safety hazard for cars on the road and could possibly be deadly in cars traveling as high speeds. In fact, at least one serious accident has been caused by these faulty tires.
McKenna also said, “The states are still trying to determine whether additional potentially unsafe tires may have been distributed by other U.S.-based distributors or if other brand names were involved.”
“When I heard of the tire problem, I checked the tires on my Ford Explorer. I found that they weren’t the tires being recalled and I was relieved. But I know that some of my friends drive vans and SUVs, so I’m trying to tell as many people as possible about this whole thing,” says Olympia, Washington resident Lindsay Waite.