Danger warning on cheap Chinese tyres



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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

American Dream

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


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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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