Danger warning on cheap Chinese tyres

Discussion in 'American RV's' started by RockieRV, Sep 19, 2007.

  1. RockieRV

    RockieRV Deleted User

    Nearly a half million tyres manufactured in China may be rolling time bombs on light trucks and some RV recreational vehicles. A lawsuit filed in June in the US blames cheap Chinese tires for a fatal Pennsylvania traffic accident. The suit says tread separation caused a cargo van carrying four passengers to crash, killing two passengers and injuring the other two.

    Allegedly the manufacturer, the Hangzhou Zhongce Rubber Company, had left a critical component out of the tire, and the tires could suffer tread separation, a problem that led to the nation's largest tire recall in 2000 when more than 14 million Firestone tires were recalled for a similar problem.

    While this is not a complete list, consumers should be on the lookout for steel-belted radial light truck tyres sold under the names Westlake, Telluride, Compass and YKS in the following sizes:
    • LT235/75R-15
    • LT225/75R-16
    • LT235/85R-16
    • LT245/75R-16
    • LT265/75R-16 and
    • LT3X10.5-15
  2. American Dream

    American Dream

    Aug 20, 2007
    Serious stuff.
    Note they do not mention what the critical component was.
    It wasn't the steel belting was it?:Eeek:
  3. RockieRV

    RockieRV Deleted User

    Allegedly they were made without a safety feature called a gum strip which helps bind the belts of a tyre to each other.Some of the tyres had a gum strip about half the 0.6 millimeter width expected.

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