I just got this from an RV trade magazine. Just one more nail in the coffin of cheap Chinese goods. Youtruly get what you pay for (and deserve).
DON'T COMPROMISE YOUR SAFETY FOR A FEW DOLLARS SAVINGS!!!!!!!
June 26 , 2007Welcome to The RV Trade Digest
Cheap Chinese tires cause big blowouts
Cheap Chinese tires missing a safety feature are being blamed for numerous traffic accidents in which several people have already died. The safety feature in question is a six-millimeter layer of rubber that is supposed to be placed between the steel belts to strengthen the tire. But Foreign Tire Sales, which imported the tires, says Hangzhou Zhongce Rubber Company removed the safety feature without notifying its U.S. distributors, according to ConsumerAffairs.com.
The tires are manufactured by Hangzhou and imported by Foreign Tires Sales, Inc., of Union, N.J. The tires were sold under brand names Westlake, Telluride, Compass and YKS. This particular safety alert affects light truck tires only. As many as 450,000 tires may have been imported. Great background information can be found by clicking here.
However, a Washington state RV dealer alerted me to a problem he is having with tires sold under the Mastertrack brand. He said the tires were manufacturered in Elkhart and sold exclusively to RV manufacturers. “The sidewalls are cracking and, in some cases, are bulging out which could ultimately create a very serious blowout situation.”