NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Federal safety officials have ordered a tiny tire importer in New Jersey to recall as many as 450-thousand tires that it bought from a Chinese manufacturer and sold to U-S distributors.
Foreign Tire Sales says an unknown number of the light truck radials it's imported since 2002 could suffer tread separation.
F-T-S believes some of the tires may have been made without a safety feature, called a gum strip, which helps bind the belts of a tire to each other.
According to the company, the tires at issue were sold under at least four brand names -- Westlake, Compass, Telluride and Y-K-S -- in these sizes: LT235/75R-15; LT225/75R-16; LT235/85R-16; LT245/75R-16; LT265/75R-16; and LT3X10.5-15.
F-T-S has been sued by the families of two men killed when a van they were riding in crashed last year. Also suing are the driver and passenger in the van.