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Light truck radial tires made in China face recall over belts that separate in absence of gum strips

November 17, 2010
Westlake, Compass, YKS brands

Some light truck radial tires made in China are susceptible to belt and tread separations, the NHTSA has determined. Dealers who accept a trade-in with tires from certain manufacturers should replace the tires before selling the light truck, an Illinois advisory board recommended. 

The Illinois Attorney General Advisory Board, which includes representatives from the CATA, met July 25 and discussed tires made in China without a gum strip or with an insufficient gum strip between the belts or other construction to keep the belts from separating.


Several U.S. companies imported the light truck radial tires manufactured by Hangzhou Zhongce Rubber Co., and the number of tires imported is unknown. The tires were sold between early 2004 and mid 2006 under the brand names Westlake, Compass and YKS, and a recall has been initiated.


The AG committe agreed that dealers should replace those tire brands with other tires before selling a vehicle, to avoid any potential lawsuits from defective tires.


For more recall information, see the Web site, An attorney for one of the importers, Foreign Tire Sales, Inc., in New Jersey, indicated the company was not alerted when the Chinese manufacturer changed production to omit belt edge or gum strips between the belts.


The attorney, Lawrence Lavigne, said up to 450,000 tires could be involved in the potential recall.